‘Real wins for Bucks se­cured’ with haul road to be moved and re­moval of spoil tip

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Jack­_84_A­bell

BUCKS is to get more pro­tec­tion from the HS2 pro­ject, but a full tun­nel un­der the Chilterns has still been re­fused.

A se­lec­tion of ex­tra mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures and fund­ing for Bucks has been given fol­low­ing an 11th hour of­fer from HS2.

The an­nounce­ment was made fol­low­ing Bucks County Coun­cil’s lat­est ap­pear­ance in front of the HS2 se­lect com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 20.

The county coun­cil, work­ing with district and parish coun­cils, had made sub­mis­sions to the com­mit­tee in Oc­to­ber which won mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures for dam­age and dis­rup­tion the high speed rail line is likely to cause for the county.

Th­ese in­cluded flood al­le­vi­a­tion and mon­i­tor­ing mea­sures, rights of way changes, school and pub­lic trans­port con­ces­sions and the re­moval of two spoil dump sites from the plan.

Since then, the county coun­cil has con­tin­ued to ne­go­ti­ate for fur­ther pro­tec­tion, and on Wed­nes­day it was agreed that more would be done to en­sure ex­tra pro­tec­tion for Bucks.

Among the mea­sures se­cured are £1m for ad­di­tional mit­i­ga­tion and com­mu­nity use in the Steeple Clay­don and Calvert ar­eas, and a guar­an­tee from HS2 Ltd to work with other rail and road schemes in Iver to min­imise dam­age and dis­rup­tion in the vil­lage.

The county coun­cil is also now putting for­ward an al­ter­na­tive to a con­tro­ver­sial ‘haul’ road for con­struc­tion traf­fic in Great Mis­senden.

How­ever, the com­mit­tee has still not sup­ported plans for a full HS2 tun­nel un­der the Chilterns Area of Nat­u­ral Beauty, which the county coun­cil be­lieve would en­sure the least amount of im­pact to the area from the pro­ject.

The se­lect com­mit­tee has asked HS2 to look at ex­tend­ing a ‘green tun­nel’ near Wen­dover, but Martin Tett, county coun­cil leader, said he be­lieved HS2 had not yet ad­e­quately met the se­lect com­mit­tee’s re­quest.

He said: “While we are ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed at not yet con­vinc­ing the se­lect com­mit­tee of the need for a fully bored tun­nel through the Chilterns, I do think we have se­cured some real wins for Bucks.

There is good news for Great Mis­senden with the prospect of the haul road be­ing moved and for Steeple Clay­don with the re­moval of the spoil tip and mov­ing of rail sid­ings, and an ex­tra £1m for the com­mu­nity to spend in the lo­cal area.

“For Iver, the Trans­port Appraisal be­gins the job of hope­fully bring­ing some re­lief from ex­cess traf­fic.

“Along the route we have made sig­nif­i­cant gains and I am proud of the way that parish, town, district and county coun­cils have worked to­gether to win th­ese hard- fough t con­ces­sions.” Do you think the ex­tra mea­sures will en­sure more pro­tec­tion for Bucks? Email our let­ters page at buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk.

Along the route we have made sig­nif­i­cant gains

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