Department for Transport
HS2 land and property review
Statement on the outcome of the review of the HS2 land and property acquisition programme.
High Speed Two (HS2) is at the heart of our plans to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic, creating 1000s of skilled jobs, boosting connectivity between our towns and cities and helping to rebalance opportunity across the country for years to come.
However, as part of that commitment to build back better, it’s crucial that we deliver HS2 in a way that is as considerate as possible of those disrupted by the project, who may face losing their homes and relocating their businesses.
In confirming HS2 would go ahead in February 2020, the Prime Minister also committed to a step-change in HS2 Ltd’s performance and to drive improvements in transparency, accountability and value to the taxpayer. This included a renewed focus on placing people – the communities and individuals who will be impacted by HS2 – at the heart of everything the government does.
So following my appointment as the Minister for HS2, I initiated a review of the HS2 land and property acquisition programme, to ensure that those most directly affected were placed at its heart.
The review examined HS2 Ltd’s operational acquisition processes and, where the evidence demonstrated it, associated wider-government policies. It focussed on 4 areas. How to:
- deliver a step-change in community engagement on the land and property acquisition programme
- protect the interests of those impacted
- improve process efficiency and delivery by HS2 Ltd
- drive a better tone, showing conspicuous respect, courtesy and understanding
Today, I’m pleased to publish the findings of this review. Copies of the report have been laid in the Libraries of the House.
The government is grateful for the contributions made by Members of the House and their constituents, external stakeholders, the HS2 Residents’ Commissioner and the HS2 Construction Commissioner. The review also considered lessons from Phase One of HS2 and examined compensation regimes employed on other UK infrastructure projects and abroad.
The review generated a number of proposals that are designed to speed up property valuations and disturbance payments, settle cases and disputes more quickly and build on the improvements HS2 Ltd have been introducing to engage more effectively with people.
The focus now will be on how the government and HS2 Ltd turn these proposals into long-lasting changes that not only improve the delivery of HS2, but also the experience and well-being of individuals, businesses and communities impacted by them.
The government wants to ensure that those living near the route receive the right support at all stages of the project. Importantly, it remains committed to ensuring that those affected are properly compensated and treated with compassion, dignity and respect.
Latest News from
Department for Transport
The future of flight takes off as Virgin airliner crosses Atlantic solely powered by sustainable aviation fuel28/11/2023 16:10:00
First-ever 100% SAF-fuelled commercial transatlantic flight marks a milestone in decarbonising air travel.
UK government leads the way towards decarbonising air travel as new global agreement takes flight27/11/2023 12:10:00
Framework agreed by the international aviation sector to reduce aviation fuel emissions by 5% by 2030.
£5.3 million investment in innovative projects to make railways more accessible23/11/2023 14:10:00
Winners announced for the First of a Kind (FOAK) 2023 competition.
Motoring executive agency business plans for 2023 to 202421/11/2023 16:10:00
Publication of the business plans of the Department for Transport motoring agencies.
Network North: highways maintenance funding increase21/11/2023 10:10:10
Redirected HS2 funding totalling £8.3 billion to support biggest-ever road resurfacing programme across England (20 November 2023).
Government calls on councils to make taxis and private hire vehicles more accessible20/11/2023 15:10:00
Updated best practice guidance puts more emphasis on making taxi and PHV services more accessible to disabled people.
£8 billion boost to repair roads and back drivers20/11/2023 12:10:00
Redirected HS2 funding to resurface more than 5,000 miles of road across the country, improving journeys for all.
Government joins forces with Liverpool to transform city’s rail network17/11/2023 13:10:00
Plans for a fully integrated public transport system in Merseyside one step closer as Liverpool’s new, government-funded rail station opens.