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HS2 Bill Needs Changes Before Final Stage

Cheryl Gillan MP for Chesham and Amersham wants the HS2 Bill amended before it reaches the final stage.

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 1:31pm 3rd March 2016. 2-minute read.

HS2 Bill Needs Changes Before Final Stage

MP for Chesham and Amersham Cheryl Gillan's still trying to protect the Chilterns from HS2.

She's asked for more changes to the bill such as extended tunneling to be considered before it's passed to the House of Lords.

She's tabled a series of amendments, designed to "prevent any surface railway route through the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and ensure that any railway built within the AONB be built in a fully-bored tunnel".

Mrs Gillan says that no works should be carried out until an independent panel carries out an environmental cost-benefit analysis.

Any progress should only be conditional on its completion.

Mrs Gillan said:

"The review panel would be made up of local authority representatives, statutory bodies like the Chilterns Conservation Board and Natural England, key community groups, HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport"

The MP proposes there should be a full reassessment of the tunnelling options, to be carried out by independent experts.

Traffic management would also have to be fully reviewed and solutions proposed before any works could go ahead.

Plans to underground all the power lines within the AONB above a height of 15 metres would have to be prepared by the Department for Transport within a year of the hybrid bill receiving Royal Assent.

She continued:

"This is intended to compensate for the physical effects of the railway in the AONB, removing existing obtrusive and unappealing infrastructure,"

"In essence there have to be robust measures in place so that the integrity of this nationally protected landscape is maintained, before any engineering works start."

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