MP MICHAEL Dugher met with the transport secretary to discuss the proposals for HS2 and raise the concerns of his constituents.

Michael raised specific concerns to Patrick McLoughlin, on behalf of residents in places such as Swaithe Hamlet, Wombwell Woods, Ardsley and Hoyland.

"This was an important opportunity to sit down and discuss HS2 and the concerns people have in Barnsley," said the Barnsley East MP.

"Whilst I am supportive in principle of HS2, there are many in Barnsley who are concerned about the effect the current HS2 route may have on the local environment and those who rightly are worried that their houses will be blighted and unsellable.

"The government must also do all it can to maximise compensation to residents hit by the plans. I will continue to battle hard for Barnsley residents."