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High Speed Rail 2

High Speed Rail High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) is a new high speed railway line from London to Leeds and Manchester via Birmingham.

How will HS2 affect my property?

Each property will be affected differently by HS2. We have categorised the four main types of likely impact:

1. Physical effects from tunnelling or construction
2. Physical effects from surface works
3. Land being acquired either temporarily or permanently
4. Blight due to the works or prospect of works

How can our CPC Advisory team support you?

We currently represent a number of clients that are affected by HS2 and have an extensive experience dealing with all aspects of compulsory purchase. Our team, led by Richard Asher, has acted for over 60 clients affected by the 2012 Olympic and Legacy compulsory purchase order and over £260m of compensation relating to Crossrail. The Planning team is providing town planning consultancy advice to clients with landholdings affected by the Crossrail proposals.

We can:

1. Produce a comprehensive impact assessment for you
2. Recommend further action
3. Ensure maximum protection to your property and your business
4. Provide advice in relation to petitioning parliament
5. Assess and prepare a claim for compensation
6. Negotiate the best settlement.

Key dates

The Crossrail Act 2008
The Crossrail Bill was given Royal Assent on 22 July 2008.  The Crossrail Act 2008 gives authority for the Crossrail railway to be built – a £15.9 billion project to build major railway connections under central London.

Main construction to begin in 2010
Preparatory works and the acquisition of land around Tottenham Court Road has already begun and it is expected that further land will be compulsorily acquired in 2009 to allow main construction to begin in 2010.

First trains to run in 2017
The first trains are due to run in 2017 and will operate at metro-style frequencies of up to 24 trains per hour during peak periods through the central tunnel section.

Frequently asked questions

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