HS2 se­lect com­mit­tee visit to be post­poned

New mem­ber needed af­ter Lib Dem loses seat

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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