Down the Track

HS2 inched a little further down its track, with the announcement of contractors, routes and a development partner shortlist this week. Perhaps most significantly, the route is now confirmed as going through a spur into the centre of Sheffield, rather than stopping at Meadowhall (the alternative option). Good news? On the Yorkshire Post website, 54% of people surveyed stated that they ‘don’t approve of HS2 full stop’. This presumably includes those living on the Shimmer Estate in Mexborough, who will now be subject to a compulsory purchase order. A recent report on the subject concludes that statutory compensation won’t be enough for these residents to buy a new home in the area due to the ‘temporal increase in demand’ brought about by the displacement of a large number of residents. Could the associated offer of additional public assistance set a precedent for other large CPOs?