Single mother sold ‘forever home’ to make way for now cancelled HS2 line

A single mum said she sold her ‘forever home’ to make way for a stretch of HS2 which will no longer be built.

Tara Wellard, 39, was one of 16 homeowners on the Shimmer housing estate in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, who had to sell up so their properties could be bulldozed to accommodate the plans.

But Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed in the Commons on Thursday that the eastern leg of HS2 was now being scrapped.

Ms Wellard said: ‘If HS2 wasn’t going through, I would still be in that house today… that’s not fair. I still haven’t really recovered… I still drive past my house every single day, twice a day. I look and I think “God that was my forever home”.’

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She said she would consider buying her house back if given the opportunity.

Ms Wellard added: ‘If our houses are now not going to get knocked down… we should have the first refusal on those houses.’

It is understood that properties that are no longer required for HS2’s construction will be offered back to the former owners at current market value.

A Department for Transport spokesperson said: ‘The Government has committed to further development work on the most effective way to run HS2 trains to Leeds.

‘Safeguarding of the previously proposed route will remain in place and all property acquired will continue to be managed by HS2 Ltd until conclusion of this work.’

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However, Boris Johnson has been accused of a ‘betrayal’ of the North and Midlands over the Government’s scaled-back plans for rail investment in the region.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said Mr Johnson had ‘ripped up’ promises he made that HS2 would go all the way to Leeds and that there would be a new NPR line from Manchester to Leeds.

On a visit to a Network Rail logistics hub near Selby, Mr Johnson dismissed the charges of broken promises as ‘total rubbish’, insisting the Government would deliver on them ‘eventually’.

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