Grayling: those affected will be compensated

The final route of the Manchester and Leeds arms of the HS2 high-speed railway will be announced today. Ministers suggested in November last year that the line should serve the existing Sheffield city centre station, after proposals to run trains to the Meadowhall shopping centre were shelved. But critics have warned this will mean homes on the new Shimmer housing estate in nearby Mexborough will be bulldozed. Some residents found out about the HS2 plans just weeks after moving into the development of two and three-storey town houses.