Furious residents have been left 'angry and distressed' after learning that the HS2 rail link will pass through their newly built £200,000 homes.
Nigel and Amanda Hogue bought their house in the Shimmer housing estate near Mexborough because they thought it was a quiet, beautiful area.
But after learning that they will have to make room for the HS2 link they say their life has been turned upside down by the decision, and have been left in limbo.
Nigel and Amanda Hogue thought the Shimmer housing estate in Mexborough was a quiet, beautiful area
Speaking to Sky News, Mr and Mrs Hogue said: 'We bought this house in January 2015, this was going to be our unknown sort of thing until we retired and moved into something smaller.
'It's nice and quiet, we got another dog, we used the canal area. It's beautiful, nice and peaceful.'
But in the wake of the announcement about the last stage of the HS2 rail link, Mr and Mrs Hogue have been left 'angry and distressed'.
Rail bosses have finally agreed to count a train as late if it arrives at the station more than a minute behind schedule.
For years operators relied on lenient rules called the Public Performance Measure which stipulate trains are considered ˜on time' if they arrive at their final destination up to five minutes late. For longer trips this grace period rises to ten minutes.
The system allowed rail companies to present a rose-tinted picture of their punctuality to passengers. Yet from May 28 to June 24 this year only 64.8 per cent arrived to the minute.
Yesterday The Rail Delivery Group industry body said the new tougher targets should become the official measure used by Network Rail from April 2019.
Operators will face penalties if they fail.
Homes in their newly-built estate will be demolished to make way for the final link of the train line, which will link Leeds and York with Birmingham and the Midlands.
But the Hogues said that the prices being offered by the government for them to move were insulting.
Mr Hogue said: 'All that means is that you can sell it to the government but the they aren't going to give you a decent price for it.
'What they're offering is peanuts and ten per cent. To get the equivalent house is 240 grand.'
The final route was announced today with Sheffield set to be bypassed by the main line - although trains will still run there on the existing network - and homes on the Shimmer housing estate in nearby Mexborough bulldozed.
Some residents found out about the HS2 plans just weeks after moving into the two and three-storey town houses worth from £100,000 to £200,000. Some 166 properties have been built so far but there are still 46 outstanding.
Residents will lose their homes - built as recently as 2012 - because ministers decided the line should serve the existing Sheffield city centre station after proposals to run trains to Meadowhall shopping centre were shelved.
Labour's Rotherham MP Sarah Champion said she was 'furious' because South Yorkshire 'won't get a proper stop'. The Department for Transport said 16 properties on the Shimmer estate will be demolished.
Residents who opt to stay in the homes that are not being demolished are being offered a minimum of £30,000, while those who move out are being offered comparable homes, the DfT said.
Some respondents to a Government consultation had argued that the plans should take into account all 216 homes originally planned at the site.
The homes were built as recently as 2012, but residents will now lose them because ministers decided the line should serve the existing Sheffield city centre
Residents who opt to stay in the homes that are not being demolished are being offered a minimum of £30,000
Mr Grayling's decision on the route from Crewe to Manchester and Birmingham to the East Midlands and Leeds confirms six of the seven changes included in the November consultation.
He decided not to proceed with a proposal to move the line to the east of Measham, Leicestershire. The railway will run to the west of the village with a viaduct extended to mitigate the impact on commercial properties.
In the Commons today, Ed Miliband accused Transport Secretary Chris Grayling of a 'gross discourtesy' after it emerged the announcement on the final route for HS2 was likely to be 'sneaked out' in a written statement.
The former Labour leader was joined by Conservative and Labour MPs in raising points of order to voice their displeasure with Mr Grayling as the final route of the Manchester and Leeds arms of the railway was confirmed.
The final route of the HS2 high-speed railway was announced today with Sheffield set to be bypassed by the main line
Mr Miliband told the Commons after Communities and Local Government questions that there had been an expectation that Mr Grayling would come to the despatch box and make a statement to Parliament on the final decision.
Mr Miliband, who represents Doncaster North, added: 'All the indications are now that the news will be sneaked out in a written statement any time now.
'This is a gross discourtesy and adds insult to injury for my constituents.
Homes on the Shimmer housing estate in Mexborough in South Yorkshire will be bulldozed as part of the HS2 construction
'I would seek your advice about how we can get the Transport Secretary to come to the House and show some accountability on this issue.'
Four Labour MPs and two Tories also raised points of order, with cries of 'shocking' and 'where is he?' heard from the Opposition benches.
Commons Speaker John Bercow said: 'I'm not in a position to require a minister to come to the House today to make a statement.
'However, it is comparatively unusual for members on both sides of the House in unison to raise such a concern and to make, to all intents and purposes, an exactly similar request.
HS2 will be built in Phase 1 (London to Birmingham, services begin in 2026), Phase 2a (Birmingham to Crewe, 2027) and Phase 2b (Crewe to Manchester; Birmingham to Leeds, 2033)
'In the circumstances, the Secretary of State is bound to hear of these concerns within a matter of minutes, and if he wanted to come to the House today to make a statement I would certainly be very happy to facilitate him.'
Mr Bercow later announced that Mr Grayling 'would like to make a statement at the moment of interruption' on HS2 on Monday evening at around 10pm.
It is unusual for Cabinet ministers to make a statement so late in the Commons.
Mr Bercow said: 'I have acceded to that request on the basis that the official opposition is content to hear that statement at that time and I have received that assurance, so there will be a statement, I believe entitled HS2 Update, at the moment of interruption tonight.'
Earlier, Mr Grayling said the Government will ensure communities affected by the railway receive 'appropriate support and are treated with fairness, compassion and respect'.
Rail expert Michael Byng has estimated that HS2 will cost more than £400 million per mile making it the world's most expensive railway, according to reports.
The Sunday Times reported he calculated the scheme will cost up to £104 billion, almost double the Government estimate of £55.7 billion.
A Department for Transport spokesman (DfT) said: 'These claims are incorrect. We have not commissioned any advice from Michael Byng on the cost of HS2.'
An artist's impression of the Birmingham and Fazeley viaduct, part of the proposed route for the HS2 high speed rail scheme
He added: 'We are keeping a tough grip on costs and the project is on time and on budget at £55.7 billion.'
Meanwhile the Government announced today that troubled construction giant Carillion is among the firms awarded contracts for the building of phase one of the HS2 rail line.
The deals are worth £6.6 billion in total and will see tunnels, embankments and viaducts constructed between London and Birmingham.
The work is estimated to support 16,000 jobs. A partnership featuring Carillion has been commissioned for two of the projects.
The firm's share price tanked by more than 70 per cent last week after a profit warning and an £845 million write-off on construction contracts.
Mr Grayling said: 'This is a hugely important step in the construction of Britain's new railway and underlines this Government's determination to deliver an economy that works for all.
Changes to London Euston train station are among the proposals included as part of HS2 which could cost up to £104 billion
'HS2 will deliver vital links between some of our country's biggest cities, helping to drive economic growth and productivity in the North and Midlands.
'As well as providing desperately needed new seats and better connecting our major cities, HS2 will help re-balance our economy.'
Joe Rukin of the Stop HS2 campaign said: 'The case for HS2 has been invented by the very cheerleaders who intend to rake in billions of taxpayers' money which is desperately needed elsewhere, so it really is time to ditch this gigantic white elephant before it is too late.'
In February, Parliament granted powers to build Phase 1 of the line, which is due to open in December 2026.
'This will see trains travel at high speed between London and Birmingham before running on from Birmingham on the existing West Coast Main Line.
A computer generated image of an artist's impression issued by HS2 of the proposed station at Euston in London
Preparatory work has begun and major construction projects are due to launch in 2018/19.
Mr Grayling will soon publish a Bill to deliver Phase 2a from the West Midlands to Crewe, with services expected to begin in 2027.
Phase 2b from Crewe to Manchester, and Birmingham to the East Midlands and Leeds, is due to open in 2033.
The DfT released a study claiming HS2 could help to double the number of seats available to passengers suffering from overcrowded and infrequent trains in key northern towns and cities.
By freeing up space on existing lines there could be twice as many seats on rush hour services from Manchester Piccadilly towards Stoke, Crewe and the South, and from Leeds towards Wakefield, according to the report.
A poster protesting against the proposed high speed rail project is nailed to a fence on a field near Lymm, Cheshire
HS2 may also enable new direct trains from London to destinations such as Bolton, Rochdale and Grimsby, and from Manchester to Derby, the research found.
No decisions have been made on how extra capacity on existing lines will be utilised.
Mr Grayling defended the cost of the project, insisting that 'we are spending what it will take to deliver the best infrastructure in a way that is as sensitive as possible to the environment it's going through'.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'Anyone who travels by train today knows that in and around our big cities the railway lines are congested and the trains are full.
'If we're going to free up the capacity of our mainline rail network, and that's what this is all about - it's about taking express trains off the existing railway line so we can run more commuter trains, more freight trains - then you're going to have to invest over the next decade and more to make sure that can happen.'
The potential HS2 train design is pictured. In February, Parliament granted powers to build Phase 1 of the line