The current situation
On Thursday 23 February, Royal Assent was granted to HS2, giving the green light for construction to commence on the high-speed line between London and Birmingham. We expect the initial preparatory stages of the construction process, such as ground investigations, surveys and redirections of utilities, to begin in spring 2017. HS2 have committed to keep local residents updated with newsletters, events and meetings. We'll continue striving to deliver the best outcomes for our local communities.
HS2 have provided a useful information guide - What is Royal Assent? The Construction Process, Land and Property (including compensation) and Community Engagement.
There is a Homeowner Payment scheme available for property owners living in rural areas near the route where the line is not in a deep tunnel.
Now that Royal Assent has been achieved, HS2 have now launched a Community Environment Fund and Business and Local Environment Funds, which is now formally open.
Communities should use the following website www.groundwork.org.uk/hs2funds to find out more information and to submit bids.
For more information please visit the HS2 website