HS2 is to spend millions buying dozens of empty homes on a new Yorkshire housing estate its planned high-speed rail line is due to run through, it can be revealed.
An agreement has been reached in principle for HS2 to purchase 30 houses and 16 vacant plots of land on the Shimmer Estate in Mexborough.
HS2 said the details of the financial agreement is commercially sensitive. But house prices on the estate are advertised as starting at £99,995 for a two-bedroom property.
The agreement is designed to allow construction work on the housing estate, which was first established in 2012, to be completed.