Over the course of the project, we will need to access, survey and buy land to construct and operate the railway. This may include some residential properties.

As we develop full designs for the EWR project we will continue to contact people whose land and property could potentially be affected.

If you’ve received a letter from us informing you that your land and property may ultimately be affected, we encourage you to contact our help number, or email the land inbox. Contact details for our Land & Property team are at the bottom of this page.

Any land and property discussions will be held directly with our Land & Property team which consists of a number of specialists split into different areas of experience. We’ll put you in contact with right team member to provide the information you need. We appreciate that proposals for EWR will affect many people who will be looking for clarity and support as soon as possible.

For example, you may want to better understand:

What homes and land will be affected by the Project?

In identifying the preferred route, we’ve taken account of impacts on land and property owners and have sought to reduce these as part of our consideration of the overall effects of our proposals. As is typical for a project of this type, at this stage it’s too early for us to know exactly what land we will require for the railway and further design work and surveys need to be carried out. Changes to the design may be identified as a result of that work.

As we develop our land requirements, we’ll get in touch with land and property owners to help them understand whether their land and property may be affected and the next steps.

More information for homeowners and landowners who may be affected by the Project is available in the following documents:

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  • East West Rail and the Development Consent Order (DCO) Process; What it means for Landowners
  • Land & Property - Your Questions Answered

Will people be coming on to my land?

We are currently carrying out environmental surveys across the route and will be surveying in a wider area than we’ll eventually need for the Project. We don’t yet know for certain which land or property will ultimately be needed and the fact that we are carrying out surveys on a particular piece of land does not necessarily mean we will need to use it in the future.

The following guides set out what we do if we need to access your land or carry out other surveys to gather information along our proposed route.


  • Access Agreement for Ground Investigation and other Intrusive Surveys: Step-by-step Guide
  • Guide to Intrusive Surveys
  • Guide to Non-Intrusive Surveys
  • East West Rail and Archaeological Trial Trenching
  • Guide to Farm Business Interviews

What compensation will property owners be entitled to if they are affected by the Project?

We've created the following guides for people whose land or property could be potentially affected by the Project. These can be viewed and downloaded below:

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  • Guide to Statutory Blight
  • Guide to Compulsory Acquisition and Compensation
  • Guide to Part 1 Claims

How can I get help to move if I need to sell but are unable to because of EWR?

We’ve launched the Need to Sell (NTS) Property Scheme to support eligible property owners who have a compelling reason to sell their property but are unable to do so, other than at a substantially reduced value due to the EWR project. Further information is available below.

More information is available on our dedicated Need to Sell page here.


NTS documents

  • Need to Sell Property Scheme Guide
  • NTS Property Scheme Application Form

Land Interest Questionnaires (LIQ) FAQs

We have compiled a list of questions and answers which we hope will explain the purpose of the LIQs.

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Get in touch

You can contact the Land & Property team directly by phone on 0330 838 7583.

Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected] or by post at Freepost EAST WEST RAIL.

If you want to speak to us about the Need to Sell Property Scheme, please contact the dedicated NTS team by phone on 0330 838 7583, or email us at [email protected].

The documents listed above can be downloaded from our website or copies can be sent out on request. We want to ensure that all our information is accessible, so please let us know if you need information to be provided in an alternative format.