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Government rejects calls to stop HS2 work in Bucks

Four of our councils wrote to them, asking for preparation work to cease.

Published by Dan Gooding at 7:16am 1st May 2019. (Updated at 7:19am 1st May 2019) 2-minute read.

Government rejects calls to stop HS2 work in Bucks

The government's rejected calls from Buckinghamshire to stop HS2 work now.

Four of our councils asked for land clearing to be put on hold as final design and financial plans haven't been signed off.

The Government Minister called to the House of Commons to answer an Urgent Question on Monday 29 April - in which Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP urged the Secretary of State to heed the request by Buckinghamshire County Council to halt HS2 construction work until the Notice to Proceed on the line is issued - turned down Buckinghamshire's request.

Mrs Gillan said:

"No explanation was given.

"This is symptomatic of how the Department for Transport and HS2 Ltd is literally ploughing on regardless.

"The environmental damage is a lasting tragedy, the economic case has not been answered and the Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP, has failed to make the case why the call by Buckinghamshire's councils for a pause in the work cannot be heeded."

HS2 Crime Scene
Huge areas have already been cleared to prepare for HS2 in Bucks

Other MPs spoke in support of Dame Cheryl's call and also gave further illustrations about how HS2 Ltd is failing to respond to the needs of the communities along the line.

Dame Cheryl added:

"The environmental damage to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty alone is deeply worrying.

"But there is a deeper malaise within the whole project. That is the disrespect with which communities, within my constituency, within communities all along the line, have been treated and how the profound concerns of councils have been disregarded without any proper explanations being provided."

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