ECO­NOMIC IM­PACT OF RAIL LINE

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MICHAEL Warner runs the Ac­tiv­ity Chest toy shop, in Chal­font St Peter, and deals with cus­tomers from across Bucks and beyond.

De­spite the re­port’s pre­dic­tions, how­ever, he does not be­lieve that HS2 is any­thing for business own­ers in the Chilterns to be wor­ried about.

“Cer­tainly, in places like Chal­font St Peter, Ger­rards Cross and Amer­sham, the line is too far away from the cen­tre of the towns to make any dif­fer­ence,” he says.

“I can’t see business here be­ing dis­rupted by it. Peo­ple talk about the eco­nomic im­pact of it, but I don’t think it will be at all neg­a­tive for busi­nesses here.

“I per­son­ally think that HS2 is a fan­tas­tic piece of 21st cen­tury in­fra­struc­ture.

“It has so much op­po­si­tion, but once it is up and run­ning, peo­ple will praise it and will see the ben­e­fits that it will bring.

“I do feel for peo­ple who are liv­ing very close to it, or peo­ple who will have to move, but in this area I don’t think it will cause prob­lems.”

Mr Warner said that he be­lieves that the project could bring eco­nomic ben­e­fits to the area while it is be­ing built, de­spite the re­port’s find­ings.

He said: “The con­struc­tion work­ers could well be us­ing vil­lage shops and pubs, so while it’s be­ing built it will ac­tu­ally bring some pos­i­tives.

“I don’t go along with ev­ery­one who says it will be a huge prob­lem.”

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LOOK­ING POS­I­TIVE: Michael Warner, owner of Ac­tiv­ity Chest, says the im­pact will not be all neg­a­tive

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