Seek advice early on new HS2 Phase 2b route

Published November 29th, 2016

The Government has announced its preferred route for its high speed rail link HS2 Phase 2b from Crewe to Manchester.  Phase Two forms a ‘Y’ shape from the West Midlands up towards Manchester and the North West with proposed stations at Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly; and up towards Leeds and the North East with proposed stations in Leeds, the East Midlands and Sheffield Meadowhall.

Safeguarding Directions have been issued for the whole of the preferred Phase 2b route, from Crewe to Manchester and Wigan, which protects the route from conflicting development. This also means that people who are most affected by the plans to build Phase 2b will now be able to access statutory compensation.


As the preferred route has changed, it may affect property owners and occupiers who previously thought they were not affected.

Two compensation schemes will come into operation now – the Express Purchase and Need to Sell – along with the ability of property owners to serve a Blight Notice forcing HS2 to acquire their property.

“We are advising anyone in the vicinity of the new route to seek advice as to any compensation entitlement at an early stage, even if their property is not within the safeguarded route,” said Graham Bowcock partner with property specialists Berrys at Northwich.

“We have significant experience in representing clients affected by Phase One and will be pleased to share our advice with property owners and occupiers in the North West to ensure that the best possible terms and payments are achieved,” he said.

For details and advice contact Graham Bowcock at the Northwich office of Berrys on 01606 49200 email

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Chartered Surveyor
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Graham is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  Graham has been a Partner in Berrys since 2001, having merged his former business, AG Bowcock & Co which was established in 1992. Graham’s work is principally undertaken in the North West of England and North Wales, an area he has lived and worked for over 25 years.  He accepts instructions from major banks, nationally recognised companies and bodies and solicitors, although also works for many private clients.

Graham undertakes valuations for all purposes including secured lending, taxation, matrimonial and partnership disputes as well as reports for charities in respect of legacies.  He is frequently instructed as an Independent Expert in respect of valuations, tenancy matters and general property issues. Graham also advises on general property issues, often related to tenancies, rents and compensation and is also an agent and valuer for the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation.