Anti-HS2 protesters still hoping for tunnel solution
But some campaigners fear option ‘has already been ruled out’
ANTI-HS2 campaigners from across Bucks are taking their pleas to Parliament this month and have not given up pushing for a long tunnel through the Chilterns
But those who have already made their thoughts known worry their efforts are in vain and that MPs have already decided against the long tunnel option.
The HS2 select committee started to hear petitions on September 7 and will continue to hear them until September 24.
Petitions were first heard from campaigners from the Wendover and Dunsmore area of the county.
Stan Mason, of HS2 Amersham Action Group, said: “My impression is that the committee is listening to the petitioners quite attentively.”
But he added that because he was yet to be heard, he did not know what other groups were petitioning for or how long it could take before all the campaigners have had their say and the committee makes a recommendation.
“Sometimes it takes five months, sometimes it takes longer,” he said.
Mr Mason is keen to stress the importance of a full bore tunnel through the whole of the Chilterns, saying it was imperative to protect the Area of
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“We need to one of the problems from desecration of Robert Syms about the countryside,” he said. long tunnel is that he
Mr Mason said there doesn’t feel an would be continued overwhelming case for a congestion of the major long bore tunnel had been routes ‘because of the large made. My main concern is number of heavy goods they have already ruled that vehicles which will be out.” making noise from the But he added that people sites’. feel ‘compelled to keep
He also said HS2 would trying’ for a long tunnel. restrict access to facilities, such as hospitals, schools “Because everyone feels and transport systems. the case for a long tunnel
Roger Waller, of the has not been Dunsmore Society, whose ‘overwhelmingly made’ petition was heard earlier everyone is now trying to this month, raised a make an overwhelming number of concerns, case,” he said. chiefly with a statement “You can see how made by committee emotional and upset people chairman Robert Syms in are by [HS2] and their lives July, who stated ‘ we are are going to be destroyed strongly of the view that by it. A tunnel for us is the case for a long tunnel really the only option.” avoid