Anti-HS2 protesters still hop­ing for tun­nel so­lu­tion

But some cam­paign­ers fear op­tion ‘has al­ready been ruled out’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­

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

HOPES: Stan Ma­son says a full bore tun­nel is needed to stop ‘des­e­cra­tion of the coun­try­side’ Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral is not made out’. Beauty. Mr Waller said: “I think

“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


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