The Prime Minister has been asked to ensure that residents are compensated for disruption caused by the derailed second phase of HS2.
The stretch of the high speed rail project between Birmingham and Manchester has been axed, although work will continue around Lichfield to link up the Phase One section with the West Coast Main Line at Handsacre.
Rishi Sunak was asked about those who had been impacted by the HS2 scheme even though it will now not reach their homes or businesses.
Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said:
“On behalf of my constituents in Lichfield, I thank him for having the guts to actually stop HS2.
“But can I ask that the area within my constituency in the north where construction is still going on that this is completed swiftly, and that for those areas which are not now going to have HS2 compensation is also made swiftly to those people who are expecting it?”Michael Fabricant
The Prime Minister answered:
“I thank my Hon Friend for his question and for his consistent campaigning on this issue, and I recall his last Prime Minister’s Question on this very topic.
“I’d like to reassure him that we are committed to fair treatment for people affected by the changes, whilst also protecting taxpayers appropriately.
“Wherever property has been acquired for HS2, property owners have been fully compensated and any outstanding cases will be settled.
“We are developing a programme to sell the surplus land on HS2 Phase Two and ensure that it delivers value for money, does not disrupt local property markets, and I will ensure that the Rail Minister meets with him swiftly on behalf of his constituents.”Rishi Sunak
Speaking after the House of Commons debate, the Lichfield MP said:
“I know that farmers and landowners are still waiting for compensation – and where constituents have recently sold land or property and it is not now needed by HS2, I am keen that it be offered back to its previous owners for the same price for which it was sold.
“Meanwhile, where work goes on around Lichfield, it is important that this be completed as swiftly as possible so life can return to normal and roads and footpaths reopened.”Michael Fabricant