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Farmers and landowners affected by the high-speed rail link HS2 must be compensated fairly for the damage and losses they will incur if the project goes ahead, the NFU will tell the government next week.

The NFU will be giving evidence in parliament on its own petition, which it submitted on behalf of its farmer members who will be impacted by HS2.

The petition is due to be presented by an NFU parliamentary agent at the High Speed Rail Bill select committee next Tuesday and Wednesday (18-19 November).

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NFU president Meurig Raymond said: “It is essential that HS2 Ltd. negotiate directly with farmers on the most appropriate location of mitigation habitat, balance ponds and flood areas.

“There should also be regular and honest consultations with farmers and growers to ensure farms have access to appropriate accommodation works including bridges for access, drainage and water supplies.

“In short, farm businesses must be left in a strong and viable condition after HS2’s construction has ended.”

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is also due to give evidence at the hearing.

The first phase of the £50bn HS2 high-speed rail project, which is due to be completed by 2026, will cut journey times from London to Birmingham cut to only 49 minutes.