MP hits out at last-minute change to HS2 plans
No mention of tunnel called for by campaigners
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.