Erewash MP Maggie Throup has asked the Prime Minister to “personally intervene” to ensure that local residents directly affected by the route of HS2 do not lose out as a result of the inadequate property compensation scheme currently in place.
Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions on the floor of the House of Commons, Maggie asked:
“HS2 Ltd continues to fail my constituents living along the line of route for HS2, with some being offered tens of thousands of pounds less than the true value of their homes. Will the Prime Minister now personally intervene to ensure that my residents living in the affected areas of Erewash do not lose out as a result of this major national infrastructure project?”
To which the Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, replied:
“My hon. Friend has raised an important point, and it is right that she is speaking up on behalf of her constituents. I know that the Department for Transport is looking carefully at these issues and that my hon. Friend the Rail Minister is determined to see that fair and comprehensive compensation for those directly affected by the route is paid, and it will be paid as if HS2 did not exist, plus the 10% and reasonable moving costs. We are committed, as ever, to infrastructure investment—we are investing in infrastructure—but it is important with a major infrastructure change such as HS2 that we do ensure that those compensation payments for people are being paid properly. As I say, my hon. Friend the Rail Minister is focusing on this issue.”