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Anger over calls for Bucks HS2 station

Anger over calls for Bucks HS2 station

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:43am 22nd October 2019. (Updated at 10:54am 22nd October 2019)

The idea of a station for HS2 in Buckinghamshire is something those in the village nearby aren't impressed with.

Aylesbury's MP Sir David Lidington suggested the idea, if the project still goes ahead, for a station where East West Rail would cross HS2.

But Linda Knights, who lives in Steeple Claydon, says that's not what villagers want at all:

"We are a rural village, we want to remain a rural village.

"We're not against all railway lines, they are much better than roads for the environment and we are not opposed at all to East West Rail."

HS2 Steeple Claydon
Land is being cleared in Steeple Claydon in preparation for the high-speed line

After our story about what Sir David Lidington had to say, Linda wrote to the MP, angry that he had spoken 'as if he was speaking on behalf of Steeple Claydon.'"

Linda told us that the village is worried about enough development as it is:

"We are hugely concerned about the Expressway.

"In fact, HS2 pales into insignificance compared to the expressway.

"The figure I heard was 80,000 houses near us."

Sir David told us:

“I am opposed to HS2. I have argued for more than nine years that the project should be scrapped and have made that case in Parliament and to the Oakervee review.

"I've also consistently argued that if HS2 does go ahead there should be an intermediate station between London and Birmingham. That way, people in our area would at least get some benefit on return for all the pain.

"Were that to happen, one logical place for a station would be the crossing point of HS2 and East-West rail. It would be odd to build two new railways but have no junction where they cross. But by far the best outcome would be to have HS2 scrapped and the money spent instead on better rail and road links between cities in northern England.”

HS2 work has continued near the village, despite the review going on into HS2. 

However, protesters have been attempting to block diggers, day-in, day-out.

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