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An MP has called for more information on the compensation for people living near the new HS2 route. Christopher Pincher MP, whose constituency covers Hints and Weeford, also admitted that he was disappointed that more had not been done to “mitigate the impact of the line” in the area. Transport Secretary Justine Greening announced the go-ahead for a high speed rail link between London and Birmingham earlier this week.
Christopher Pincher
Campaigners in Lichfield have already vowed to continue the fight and Mr Pincher said he would “continue to question the business case which underpins the entire HS2 proposal”. He added: “I want to see much more detail on the compensation arrangements the Department for Transport will put in place to redress the problem of planning blight. “I am relieved that they at least recognise there is a wider problem than those residents and businesses that have property immediately on the route, but I want to know more about how the proposed ‘refreshed hardship scheme’ will work. “It cannot be right that people are financially penalised for simply living in the wrong place at the wrong time. “I will continue to represent my constituents’ concerns in parliament and will fight for the best possible outcome for them in terms of mitigation and compensation.” “I do not believe the business case presented by HS2 stacks up and feel that other less intrusive alternatives must still be explored.”

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