‘REAL WINS FOR BUCKS SECURED’ – AT LAST
‘Real wins for Bucks secured’ with haul road to be moved and removal of spoil tip
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 email@example.com.
Along the route we have made significant gains