MP hits out at last-minute change to HS2 plans

No men­tion of tun­nel called for by cam­paign­ers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

A BUCKS MP crit­i­cised the HS2 has bill process af­ter last-minute changes were made to it.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about the pro­vi­sions of the bill, which will ap­prove work the con­tro­ver­sial pro­ject, was only re­ceived shortly be­fore it was due to be de­bated in par­lia­ment, on June 24. Ch­eryl Gil­lan, MP for Che­sham and Amer­sham, says that should not have hap­pened with­out the se­lect com­mit­tee of MPs, who have the power to re­quest changes to the line, be­ing made aware of it ahead of their visit to the Chilterns area of out­stand­ing nat­u­ral beauty (AONB).

The pro­vi­sions in the mo­tion be­fore the House of Com­mons did not con­tain in­struc­tions for a tun­nel be­neath the AONB, which cam­paign­ers want.

It also in­cluded in­for­ma­tion about the pos­si­bil­ity of more land be­ing taken for con­struc­tion, in­clud­ing more of the Man­tle’s Wood an­cient wood­land near Amer­sham.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple showed their views on HS2 when the com­mit­tee vis­ited the area on June 22. Speak­ing in the House of Com­mons, Mrs Gil­lan said: “They wanted to im­press on the com­mit­tee their an­tipa­thy to the hor­rors of the present plans, which will wreak havoc on the area, as well as to tell, first-hand the poignant and des­per­ate sto­ries of their per­sonal cir­cum­stances.”

The de­bate came on the same day as re­ports HS2 trains could in­clude shops and gym ar­eas.

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