Homeowners stuck with Japanese knotweed in their gardens could win compensation after landmark court ruling

HOMEOWNERS stuck with Japanese knotweed in their gardens could win compensation after a landmark court ruling.

Two men successfully sued Network Rail after the hard-to-kill plant , which forces its way through concrete, got into their foundations in Maesteg, South Wales.

Neighbours Robin Waistell, 70, and Stephen Williams, 43, fought Network Rail for four years after becoming "trapped" by the stubborn shrub.

The county court judgement opened the floodgates for claims totalling tens of millions.

Solicitor Rodger Burnett, who specialises in knotweed litigation, said: “This result is huge.

“It will have huge implications nationwide.”

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Mr Burnett said Network Rail could be faced with "another PPI" if home owners can prove their knotweed has come from a railway line.

Those claiming damages must prove their knotweed spread from land owned by Network Rail, a local authority or another landowner.

Network Rail was refused permission to appeal and is now considering a High Court bid to overturn the ruling.

A spokesman said: “We are reviewing the judgment.”

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