MP asking again for Bucks HS2 station
2:03pm 24th February 2017
Aylesbury's MP says he's asking AGAIN whether Bucks can get an HS2 station.
David Lidington says the government now wants more capacity - not speed - through the project.
So he reckons that should mean the idea for Steeple Claydon - where East West Rail crosses - should be looked at again.
"To retro-fit a station in ten years time is going to be much more expensive than building one at this stage.
"What I don't know is what their figure work is telling them about whether that ends up attracting more commuters to the area and you actually end up overwhelming that capacity."
HS2 will have a depot at Steeple Claydon and East West Rail will pass right nearby.
There have been calls for a station in Buckinghamshire before, by campaigners who feel the high speed route brings to benefit to the community it'll pass through.
"It just seems to me that we've got two bits of strategic line - surely there should be a junction between them?
"It would give some benefit to people in the Aylesbury area then."
East West Rail is due to be completed over the next five years or so, with construction beginning on HS2 within that time as well.
There will be a station on the East West route at Winslow.
Mr Lidington told us he's asking ministers and HS2 Ltd. to go away and look at this idea again now.
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