Those who find their properties on the maps for the train line’s proposed route are finding it very difficult to get answers

Sitting in an armchair in his living room in Mexborough near Doncaster, Graham Schofield appears sanguine despite learning that HS2 trains could be whizzing through his farm at 250mph come 2033: “It’s a bit of a bugger, but what can you do?”

No one at HS2 seems to be able to tell him for sure whether his property will be affected. Though his brothers, who live in houses at the bottom of the farm, have had a letter saying they are in the dreaded “safeguarding zone”, coloured in grey on the infuriatingly upside-down maps issued by HS2, which means their properties may face demolition.

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