Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

MPs Demand Better HS2 Compensation Deal for Londoners

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

MPs Demand Better HS2 Compensation Deal for Londoners

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Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent

A CROSS-party group of MPs and councils today called on the Government to deliver a "fair deal for London" on compensation for the HS2 rail line.

They claim that people living in urban areas are not being treated as fairly as those in rural areas, where pay-outs are being offered to residents living up to 300 metres from the tracks.

Camden council has said that 215 homes face demolition to allow Euston station to be rebuilt, while 250 properties are at risk of being uninhabitable. Owners of properties in "safeguarding areas" that are demolished will be paid the market rate and a bonus of up to PS47,000, but the council said many people affected were tenants who wouldn't qualify for pay-outs.

Camden has been joined by Ealing and Hillingdon councils and six MPs including Tories Nick Hurd and Angie Bray in writing to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin for a "fair and tailored" compensation package for London. …

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