‘How will visitors get to us during disruption?’
TOURIST attractions are ‘nervous’ as to how visitors from outside of Bucks will be aware they are still open while HS2 is being built.
The report estimates the cost due to visitors spending less will be £31.5m.
While businesses have said they are hopeful people will continue to visit the area, they have raised concerns over how visitors will know they are still open and how people from outside of Bucks will know how to get around disruption during building work.
Mary Tebje of the Chilterns Tourism Network and Visit Chilterns said: “The conversations I have had so far with businesses have raised concerns over how visitors will get to them, like museums and attractions.
“There’s a nervousness and uncertainty about communication with customers.
“How will they know they are still open and come to them?
“Who will tell people which roads are closed? Who will say how and where that will impact businesses?”
Chiltern Conversation Board has also been looking at how the work will disrupt footpaths, as the railway line will cut through existing paths.
Mrs Tebje added: “There will be an understanding with those living here, as they will see which ways are blocked and just change how they travel. They can plan.
“The concern is for those outside Bucks.
“Many businesses will be disrupted in this way. Great Missenden being a case in point.
“We need clarity in
Mary Tebje, of Chilterns Tourism Network
communication and more information on how the disruption will be managed, and what opportunities businesses will have to ensure people can still get to them.”
The National Trust, which has several properties scattered across Bucks, has also spoken out about the impact on its land.
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Coombe Hill, formerly part of the Chequers Estate, will also be impacted.
Rather than campaign against HS2, the Trust has put its efforts into seeking the best possible mitigation for the route as it passes around Aylesbury.