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HS2: What has Aylesbury's MP got to say?

HS2: What has Aylesbury's MP got to say?

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 11:46am 15th October 2019.

If HS2 goes ahead we need a tunnel underneath Wendover and a station near Steeple Claydon, that's from Aylesbury's MP.

Sir David Lidington met the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Independent Review into HS2 last week and told them that HS2 should not go ahead.

During a 45 minute meeting, he repeated his long held belief that the business case on which the project is founded is weak.

He also said that while the Review is taking place all enabling works on HS2 should cease, a point that he has made directly to the Secretary of State for Transport.

We've seen preparation work in Steeple Claydon, Great Missenden and now Aylesbury begin - despite HS2 not having the full green light.

However, if the Review and the Secretary of State for Transport concluded that HS2 should go ahead, David Lidington has said he wants three improvements in particular to the scheme as currently proposed. 

  1. First, the mined tunnel proposal for Wendover should be incorporated into the HS2 project. Such a step would mitigate considerably both the noise and visual impact of HS2 upon the village and surrounding area. This tunnel proposal is supported by a detailed technical case commissioned by residents in Wendover.
  2. Second, he asked that the Review demand a step change in the quality of HS2 Ltd's engagement with members of the public. Like other MPs representing constituencies along the route, he has a file of cases where compensation has been paid late, where information has been withheld or where HS2 has simply failed to provide an adequate explanation of its decisions. He says there is no excuse for the highhanded and arrogant manner in which too often HS2 treats people whose lives are being disrupted by the project even ahead of construction.
  3. Third, he pointed out that people living between London and Birmingham for the most part get no direct benefit from HS2 because there is no intermediate station. This contrasts with HS1, where Javelin trains carrying commuters are allowed to use the high-speed tracks, making it easier for people in towns like Folkestone to travel to and from London. So he pressed Mr Oakervee and Lord Berkeley to recommend at least one intermediate station between London and Birmingham if HS2 were to go ahead. The logical location for such a station would be where it is planned that HS2 and the Oxford Cambridge railway line should cross.
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