HS2 OFFICIALS have apologised for the 'inevitable concern' caused after misleading information was sent out.

Proposals for the preferred phase two route of the high-speed rail link were announced in January, extending the network north from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds, passing through parts of Barnsley.

Initial plans suggested the HS2 line would pass through Upper Hoyland in twin tunnels up to 64 metres deep.

However, a recent letter to resident Kevin Hogan, 72, of Upper Hoyland Road, called these plans into question and instead suggested HS2 would pass over ground through Upper Hoyland.

HS2 Ltd official William Shockley wrote to Mr Hogan telling him the super-fast train line would be on the surface and 30m away from his property.

Mr Hogan received another letter from Michael Flynn, of HS2 Ltd, saying Mr Hogan had been provided with 'inaccurate information'.

Mr Flynn wrote: "I am extremely sorry for the inevitable concern this has caused you.

"We have re-checked the property details you supplied us with against our latest maps.

"I can confirm that, at the point at which it passes your property, the line of the route would be in a tunnel at a depth of approximately 54.4 metres below the surface, and at a distance of approximately 30 metres away.

"Once again I would like to apologise for our previous error."

The mistake has been criticised by Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher who has called on HS2 Ltd to work harder to prevent the supply of inaccurate information and confusion regarding the proposed route.

Mr Dugher said the change would have been of great concern and interest to many in Barnsley who may have questioned if plans were set to change in their area too.

He said: "I think it is important to clarify that HS2 plans currently remain unchanged in Barnsley.

"HS2 will pass through twin tunnels at Hoyland, it will not be above ground as the information provided by HS2 Ltd the other week seemed to suggest.

"This is clearly not good enough from HS2 Ltd. People have to be kept up-to-date and have to be able to trust the information they are provided."