MP pushes for Chiltern tunnel to be extended
CHERYL Gillan used the Autumn Statement debate to press the Chancellor of the Exchequer to extend the tunnelling of HS2 in order to protect the whole of the Chilterns Area of Natural Beauty.
Mrs Gillan, MP for Chesham and Amersham, took the opportunity to quiz George Osborne on the subject.
She said afterwards: “The Chancellor has at last updated the budget figure for HS2, which means we know the total budget is now at £55.7 bn and I want to see the government saving money in time and costs by agreeing the fully bored tunnel under the Chilterns AONB.”
Mrs Gillan repeated the request for more tunnelling this week in her responses to the supplementary environmental statement and the Additional Provision Four, which calls for much more to be done in terms of environmental mitigation.
She said: “There is still 8.8km of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is unprotected.”
In her responses Mrs Gillan also underlined her concerns about the brevity of the consultation period, because of what she believes are inaccuracies and lack of information relating to traffic assessments.
The information on the latter was only released after the deadline for the petitioning process.
A hearing was held in Parliament on Wednesday, November 25 by the Standing Orders Committee where the Deputy Speaker held HS2 to account over the missing information from some of their documentation.
She said: “It is difficult to avoid coming to the conclusion that is shared by many of my constituents who feel the Hybrid Bill process is being forced along, leading to inaccuracies and confusion.”