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Board to press HS2 Committee for tunnel

Monday 8 June 2015

When Parliament’s HS2 Select Committee visits the Wendover area this Thursday (June 11th) the Chilterns Conservation Board will be impressing on members the benefits of putting the HS2 line in a long tunnel under the whole of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Committee members will be visiting a number of sites along the proposed HS2 route including the tiny hamlet of Kings Ash, Wendover Dean and Coombe Hill. Representatives of the Board including Chairman Ian Reay and Acting Chief Officer Kath Daly will be meeting the Committee and explaining the huge impact that the current proposals for HS2 will have on the nationally-designated landscape of the Chilterns and its communities.

“It is important for the Select Committee to see for themselves the landscapes which will be devastated by the proposed scheme and to meet the communities affected.  We want the Committee members to appreciate why a fully bored tunnel under the AONB is the only acceptable form of mitigation’ says Kath Daly, Acting Chief Officer of the Conservation Board.

The Committee will start the day at Wendover station and go south to Wendover Dean and Kings Ash before returning to Wendover to meet members of the local community and carrying on to Coombe Hill to appreciate the impact of the line on the Vale of Aylesbury. The visit will include the locations of the planned viaducts at Wendover and Wendover Dean, construction compounds and the tunnel portal at Wendover.

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