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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 July 2016
  2. HS2 route changes revealed

Live Reporting

By Kate Linderholm

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    That's the end of our live coverage as South Yorkshire responded to the HS2 route change announcement today.

    Route changes

    Here's a quick rundown of the key facts about the proposed new route:

    • It won't now stop at Meadowhall station
    • It's been shifted east through the Dearne Valley
    • There'll be a new station at Thurnscoe
    • Some HS2 trains will divert off the track to go to Sheffield and Chesterfield
    • HS2 Ltd says the new route saves £1bn
    • A new housing estate in Mexborough will have to demolished to build the line; the developer was only told yesterday afternoon
    • South Yorkshire MPs have demanded a meeting with the Transport Secretary over the plans
    • Trains won't be running on the route until 2033 at the earliest

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with more live updates from across South Yorkshire.

  2. HS2: What the key players are saying about the changed route

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    There have been winners and losers in today's announcement by HS2 that they want to shift the route of the rail line through South Yorkshire 40 miles to the east.

    Changes to route

    People living on the Shimmer estate in Mexborough have been told that "some or all of their land" may be required if the plans are approved.

    Resident Amie Webster told the BBC the "bottom has fallen out of our world".

    Shimmer estate

    Housing developer Strata said it was "shocked" by the news:

    Quote Message: We are working closely with representatives to understand proposals so that we can be clear on what this may mean for our existing and future home owners." from Chief executive Andrew Weave
    Chief executive Andrew Weave
    David Higgins

    David Higgins, of HS2 Ltd, said he understood the change of route would add to the uncertainty of those living on the original route and bring new fear to those on the newly proposed route.  

    Quote Message: "It's important that we give them certainty as soon as possible. If we can lift the blight from those communities then the quicker the better." from David Higgins HS2 Chief Executive
    David Higgins HS2 Chief Executive

    Elected mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones said she will fight to ensure the town does not lose out as a result of the decision:

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  3. HS2: Barnsley council leader welcomes announcement

    Barnsley council leader Sir Steve Houghton said: “We welcome the announcement of the new HS2 rail plans for the Sheffield City Region.  

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  4. HS2: Hoyland butcher delighted his business gets a reprieve

    Tom Ingall

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    Not everyone's dismayed by today's announcement.

    In 2013 the BBC broke the news to Brian, a butcher in Hoyland, that his business was going to be demolished by HS2. Today we told him it was going to be reprieved.

    Brian the butcher

    He's very pleased the line has moved as he feels he can now develop the business but he also feels very sorry for people who are on the new route.

  5. HS2: Rother Valley MP Kevin Barron 'shocked and worried" at route changes

    The Labour MP for the Rother Valley Sir Kevin Barron has released a statement this afternoon. It's rare he comments on events these days, making his remarks more significant.

    Sir Kevin Barron
    Quote Message: I supported the HS2 project and fully support the need for national investment. However, I am shocked and worried by these last minute route changes. I will be working with HS2 Ltd to ensure that my constituents are given all the information available. HS2 have said that they are going to hold local information events which I hope to attend.” from Sir Kevin Barron
    Sir Kevin Barron
  6. HS2: Tom Ingall's Facebook Q&A now up and running

    Tom Ingall's started his Facebook Live Q&A session if you have any queries about today's announcement.

  7. HS2: Your views on plans to bulldoze Mexborough Estate

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    In the meantime you've been sending us your responses to the news that residents on the Shimmer Estate in Mexborough learned today their homes could go under compulsory purchase order as a result of the changed route.

    Shimmer esate
    Quote Message: This is disgusting, why do they always disrupt peoples lives without a second thought?" from Linda Green
    Linda Green
    Quote Message: It's outrageous. Just proves this government has lost the plot." from Angie Caukwell
    Angie Caukwell
    Quote Message: No option. They will be served with compulsory purchase orders. People proclaim their rights but they are not rights if they are taken away by higher authorities. We do not have rights, we sometimes have 'privileges' that can be removed any time the authorities deem it necessary." from Martin Fenwick
    Martin Fenwick
  8. HS2: Facebook Live Q&A... on the way!

    Our very own Tom Ingall's having a few technical hitches setting up his Facebook Live session but is still hoping to be with you soon. We'll update you when he's up and running!

  9. HS2: Facebook Live Q&A with Look North's Tom Ingall

    If you've got any questions about today's announcement of a proposed new route for HS2 BBC reporter Tom Ingall will be hosting a live session on the BBC Look North Facebook page from 16:30.

    Tom will be speaking from the Shimmer Estate in Mexborough where residents have been told today that their new homes may have to be demolished to make way for the railway line.

    Tom Ingall interviewing resident in Mexborough

    But he can answer anything HS2-related, whether you're interested in the implications for Sheffield, Chesterfield or further afield.  

  10. HS2: Change of route could benefit Thurnscoe

    One place which could benefit from the high speed rail line is the Dearne Valley in South Yorkshire. 

    Main road through Thurnscoe

    Today's report suggests a new station on the realigned route may be built near the former mining village of Thurnscoe.    

  11. HS2: 'It's upsetting' says Strata Homes boss on plans to demolish new estate

    Kevin Larkin

    Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    Andrew Weaver, the CEO of Strata Homes, has been telling me how upsetting it's been to see the anxiety of their customers on the Shimmer Estate in Mexborough about news that their homes may have to be demolished to build the new HS2 route.

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    Video caption: HS2 Strata Homes CEO
  12. HS2: Residents distraught at losing homes for route through Mexborough

    A new housing estate in Mexborough could be bulldozed if changes to the planned high-speed rail route HS2 go ahead.  

    Michelle Bunting lives there.

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    Video caption: Mexborough resident on new HS2 route
  13. HS2: Doncaster Mayor wants reassurance over changed route

    Changes to the HS2 route through South Yorkshire have come as a suprise to some local politicians. Now Doncaster Mayor, Ros Jones, wants some clear answers

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    Video caption: Doncaster Mayor on HS2 changes
  14. HS2: Date set for Mexborough information event

    HS2 are holding a series of engagement events in South Yorkshire, to talk about a change to the proposed route. 

    The new proposals would see the HS2 mainline move from its previously consulted route to around 40 miles further east.

    HS2 train

    The Mexborough meeting has now been set:

    • Tuesday 19 July 2016
    • 12:00 - 19:00
    • Mexborough Resource CentreDolcliffe RoadMexboroughSouth YorkshireS64 9AZ  
  15. HSE: Re-routing through South Yorkshire

    Tom Ingall

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    Watch my round-up of reactions to the news that the High Speed Rail route through South Yorkshire will be changed:

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    Video caption: HS2 ROU