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Image caption The proposed route of the new rail line is expected to be completed by 2034. More than 900 properties worth nearly £600m have been bought by the company responsible for delivering High Speed Rail 2 (HS2), figures show. They include Whatcroft Hall, sold by comedian John Bishop for £6.8m, the highest price paid for any property. Campaigners opposed to the rail project said some homeowners had been treated badly, claiming homes were routinely undervalued by HS2. HS2 said it had to achieve a fair price for both homeowners and taxpayers. The £56bn high-speed rail line is designed to boost the UK's economy by cutting journey times between London and the Midlands and the north of England. Full story

18 April