As the Times reported on Monday, the start to the statutory process for seeking Parliamentary approval to construct the extensions to HS2 - the route to Manchester (2a) and the route to Leeds (2b)  - has been delayed by a year from 2019 to 2020.  It is not clear why, but with Brexit consuming so much Parliamentary time it is not surprising.  For those affected this presents an opportunity and as they say, forewarned is forearmed, to plan for dealing with the disruption the project will cause and getting yourselves into the best position you can to recover all of the statutory compensation to which you may be eventually entitled.  Here at Freeths we specialise in advising on compulsory purchase compensation matters and with offices close to the line of the route in Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent, we are local to you with the expertise and experience to match!  If you are interested in having a preliminary conversation please contact Martina Farska on 0845 128 7951 or by email to