HS2 Rendering
High Speed 2 will cut through Buckinghamshire

HS2 is the new high-speed rail route planned to run through Buckinghamshire.

The project will have a big impact in Bucks, with the planned route taking trains through the Chilterns, past Wendover, Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury and beyond.

Here we'll answer some Frequently Asked Questions about HS2:

What route will HS2 take through Buckinghamshire?

Bucks is going to see a huge impact because of the high-speed rail route, despite not having a station here.

Once built, trains will enter the county near Denham, entering a tunnel which will run beneath the Chalfonts, Amersham and Little & Great Missenden.

HS2 will then emerge from that tunnel to run past Wendover, Stoke Mandeville, across the bottom of Aylesbury, very close to Walton Court and Fairford Leys.

It will then cross the A41 near Waddesdon, heading past Calvert and Steeple Claydon and out towards Brackley.

Here is a map of the HS2 route through Buckinghamshire:

HS2 Route Map
The HS2 route through Buckinghamshire

This video shows how the line could look passing through Bucks, starting in the north of Aylesbury Vale.

Why is HS2 so controversial in Bucks?

First announced in 2009, High Speed 2 (HS2), it wasn't until 2013 when we got the actual route trains would take.

That was when we first saw the impact on areas including Aylesbury, the Chilterns and Steeple Claydon.

The main reasons the train line is so controversial for people in Buckinghamshire are:

  • Bucks doesn't get a station, just a train line straight through the county
  • Much of the route will be above-ground, especially past Aylesbury and in the north of Aylesbury Vale
  • Campaigners have had to fight to protect huge areas of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • As it is a high-speed route, HS2 can't have 'corners', so homes and land will be lost to make way for rails
  • There have been calls for years to improve other rail infrastructure, not a new route seen as unnecessary by many, even outside of Buckinghamshire

Will HS2 benefit Buckinghamshire at all?

Areas of woodland in Bucks could be helped by HS2 cash

HS2 Limited and the governemnt were forced to give some form of compensation to those affected by the rail route.

Various projects right along the line, from the Chilterns, to Aylesbury to Calvert, have been promised cash.

In 2016, it was announced that HS2 would give Buckinghamshire:

  • Up to £80,000 towards traffic calming measures on the A41 in Waddesdon.
  • A commitment not to use the section of the A40 between junction 5 of the M40 and A40/A4010 for construction traffic.
  • HS2 to deliver 450m of footpath on the A413 London Road, Wendover connecting residents of London Road to the current footpath near the London Road roundabout.
  • A mitigation package for Great Missenden: Safety measures including the upgrading of the roundabouts at Link Road and Frith Hill and a safety barrier for the skate park; a £500,000 contribution to the new coach and car park at Great Missenden Church of England Combined School; £500,000 worth of temporary landscaping; £250,000 towards replacement free-car parking in the village.
  • A commitment to consider road safety for vulnerable users near the construction route for the vent shaft in Chalfont St Peter. This builds upon the assurances given to schools on the construction route which have previously been given to the county council.
  • A contribution of £185,000 towards the cost of closing Roberts Lane, Chalfont St Peter to through traffic. The Parish Council wish to avoid rat-running through this lane due to the closure of Chalfont Lane by HS2 Ltd.
  • A planting scheme for Hawkslade, Aylesbury to screen the rail line.
  • £16,500 towards the costs of relocating footpaths in Steeple Calydon footpaths.
  • HS2 has promised to produce an area specific travel plan for the vicinity of Infrastructure Maintenance Depot in Steeple Claydon.
  • An agreement by HS2 Ltd to re-landscape the vicinity around the Infrastructure Maintenance Depot towards Steeple Claydon.
  • An agreement to work with Buckinghamshire Golf Club and Denham Country Park on the timings of National Grid works to limit the impact on the two venues.
  • The relocation of the road access to Great Moor Sailing Club to ensure there is no impact on the number of parking spaces or berths.
  • Wendover public realm enhancements: HS2 to undertake early tree planting; up to £500,000 towards cycle improvements on the A413 to the north and south of Wendover.
  • An assurance to re-route (subject to approval by the county council) construction traffic away from Iver High Street and Bangors Road.
  • Up to £35,000 towards the administration of the £1m Calvert community fund.

Other stories about HS2 positives include:

Archaeological discoveries made in Buckinghamshire by HS2

Stoke Mandeville Church dig, HS2
HS2 works uncovered a medieval church in Stoke Mandeville

As part of preparation works for the new rail line, various archaeological studies have taken place.

In Bucks, lots of interesting spots have been uncovered and will be preserved, recovered or moved.

  • A prehistoric settlement in the Colne Valley
  • A prehistoric/Iron Age settlement in Great Missenden
  • Grim's Ditch - a Bronze Age ditch system between Wendover and Great Missenden.
  • St. Mary's - a demolished medieval church and burial ground near Stoke Mandeville.
  • A Romano-British town in Fleet Marston near Aylesbury
  • ARomano-British and medieval village and a farm in Doddershall
  • An eighteenth century park and garden at Hartwell
  • An Anglo-Saxon medieval settlement in Chetwode

You can watch the video fly-through from HS2 below:

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Wednesday 8th July, 2020

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Thursday 25th June, 2020

A large gathering was seen on Fairford Leys on Wednesday night.

Anti-HS2 walk reaches Bucks

Wednesday 24th June, 2020

Campaigners are walking the route of the railway.

New rules to help crack down on 'illegal' building work in Bucks

Wednesday 24th June, 2020

Bucks Council's new enforcement rules could be applies to HS2 works.

HS2 to build temporary road entrance in Aylesbury

Monday 22nd June, 2020

The construction on the road near Stoke Mandeville starts today.

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