HS2 select committee visit to be postponed
New member needed after Lib Dem loses seat
A VISIT to Bucks by a group of MPs who have the power to recommend changes to the HS2 route has been postponed.
The HS2 select committee had been due to visit the Chilterns on Wednesday next week to see some of the most affected parts of the route.
However, it has been announced this week the visit has been cancelled, with the committee now needing a new member because Liberal Democrat MP Mike Thornton lost his seat election.
The select committee had been scheduled to visit areas of the Chilterns including Chalfont St Giles, Amersham and Little Missenden, talking to people along the route and going to villages and towns.
The group would have spent a day in the area before heading off to Wendover the following day.
It is now expected the committee will visit the Chilterns in July instead, once a new member has been selected.
Hilary Wharf, of the Amersham-based HS2 Action Alliance, said: “We haven’t been given an official reason for the [postponement], but I would imagine it’s because they need to replace one of the members.
“Also, the Queen’s Speech is coming up, so it is likely to wait until after that for the visits to resume.”
She added: “We’ve been assured that the visit hasn’t been cancelled, just postponed, so that’s good.
“It’s very important that it does take place.
“We’d expect them to visit the same places that they’d been scheduled to in May.”
The select committee has already visited Bucks once this year, with the members looking around the Colne Valley in January.
The visit to the Chilterns could include discussions over the possibility of a Chilterns Long Tunnel which, if approved, would involve the line being buried under the Chilterns Area of Natural Beauty in order to minimise the impact on the area as much as possible.