Farmers and landowners affected by the High Speed Two (HS2) rail line from London to the Midlands and North are to be offered an initial payment of £1,000 for access to allow contractors to enter private land in the initial stages of the route development.
The CLA and NFU have reached an agreement with HS2 covering a voluntary early access licence to carry out environmental impact assessments related to the rail line. The initial £1,000 payment will be split between landlord and tenant where the land is tenanted.
The company has agreed to make additional payments if further environmental surveys are required and will pay for any damage done or losses caused.
A comprehensive Code of Conduct has also been agreed which must be adhered to by HS2 and its contractors when carrying out the survey work.