‘How will vis­i­tors get to us dur­ing dis­rup­tion?’

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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.

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