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HS2 Update December 2021

10 December 2021

With the Eastern leg of HS2 scrapped, the business case is on even shakier ground. Sadly, HS2 in the Chilterns rolls on & we continue to scrutinise HS2 & seek the best possible outcomes for nature heritage & our local communities.

Parliament to debate whether to rethink HS2 on Monday 13 September

08 September 2021

A Westminster Hall debate will be held on Monday 13 September where MPs will discuss whether to halt all HS2 works and repeal HS2 legislation.

HS2 update July 2021

07 July 2021

As activity by HS2 Ltd and its contractors in the Chilterns AONB increases, we continue to work closely with key partners including Buckinghamshire Council, Natural England and the Chiltern Society to monitor, question and hold HS2 Ltd and its contractors to account.

Concerns raised about impacts of HS2’s tunnelling operations

05 May 2021

Buckinghamshire Council and the Chilterns Conservation Board have serious concerns about the impacts of HS2’s tunnelling operations on Buckinghamshire’s aquifer and chalk streams.

Trees saved on Leather Lane  

01 April 2021

Buckinghamshire Council, Chilterns Conservation Board and local protestors have come together to save a number of trees which were due to be cut down in Leather Lane to make way for an access road HS2 are building just off the A413 between Great Missenden and Wendover. 

Felling of trees at Jones’ Hill Wood ancient woodland

31 March 2021

It is with great regret that the Chilterns Conservation Board received confirmation today (31 March 2021) that Natural England yesterday issued a licence to HS2 Ltd’s contractors, Fusion Joint Venture, regarding bats at Jones Hill Wood, near Wendover, in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

HS2 update - March 2021

29 March 2021

Now that work has begun on the construction of HS2, we are monitoring a range of works in the Chilterns AONB and responding to concerns and questions brought to our attention by members of the public, local community group, parish councils and others. We are also liaising closely with key partners including Buckinghamshire Council, Natural England, the Chiltern Society and Thames Valley Police. 

Chilterns Conservation Board highlights the increase in concerns over HS2 activities

27 January 2021

The signs of HS2 and its contractors’ activities have become more obvious since the Notice to Proceed was issued by the Prime Minister in February 2020. This has led the Chilterns Conservation Board, together with a wide range of groups and partners, to become increasingly concerned about the impacts of HS2 on the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  

Concerns raised over HS2 Work in Jones’ Hill Wood, near Wendover in Buckinghamshire.

13 November 2020

Concerns raised over HS2 Work in Jones’ Hill Wood, near Wendover in Buckinghamshire, leads to Lord Hague seeking assurances from the Secretary of State for Transport.

Chilterns Conservation Board writes to HS2's CEO to set out concerns regarding activities at Jones' Hill Wood

30 October 2020

The Chilterns Conservation Board is very concerned at HS2 Ltd's activities at Jones' Hill Wood, near Wendover, Buckinghamshire. We have today sent the attached open letter to Mark Thurston, Chief Executive Officer at HS2 Ltd.



HS2 update - June 2020

23 June 2020

Extinction Rebellion walk along the HS2 PHASE 1 route 20-27 June

Extinction Rebellion and local communities will be walking 125 miles along Phase 1 of the HS2 route, coming through the Chilterns on the 24th and 25th June. 

Click here to read our position on HS2

Chiltern Society HS2 Photo Diary

The construction of the HS2 high speed railway line will have a major impact on the Central Chilterns. Chiltern Society member Keith Hoffmeister has been taking photographs at a number of locations since plans were first announced in 2010. The photos cover the phase before construction as well as early Enabling Works. 

Keith has been joined in this work by fellow members Jim Conboy, Bob Smith and Neil Lynch and cover the construction phase through to completion, when trains will start to run anytime between 2028 and 2031.

Click here to view the photo diary 

HS2 – Notice to Proceed and Full Business Case for Phase One

20 April 2020

The Chilterns Conservation Board publishes its position on the Notice to Proceed for the Phase One route of HS2 from Birmingham to London. 

Chilterns Conservation Board deeply saddened as the Government gives the green light to High Speed 2

12 February 2020

The Chilterns Conservation Board is deeply saddened by the Government’s announcement giving the green light to the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project.

HS2 enabling works continuing in the Chilterns AONB despite the current Oakervee Review

08 October 2019

Read our appeal to Mr Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport to pause "enabling works" in the Chilterns AONB

High Speed 2 (HS2) - Latest Developments

01 October 2019

CCB welcomes the Independent Review of High Speed 2 (HS2).

Request for more funds for landscape enhancements

23 November 2016

Lords Select Committee asked to recommend more funds to integrate HS2 with Chilterns landscape

Chilterns Review Group set up

24 May 2016

The Group will discuss the design of HS2 and allocate funds to local measures in the Chilterns to mitigate the scheme's impacts.

Push for HS2 Review Panel

20 January 2016

Board and local authorities press for effective and fully-funded panel

Rejection of long tunnel 'devastating' for Chilterns

22 July 2015

The HS2 Select Committee has failed to recommend full protection for the AONB

Board gives evidence to HS2 Select Committee

15 July 2015

Made case that impacts on AONB have been understated and only a fully-bored tunnel is adequate mitigation

Board to press HS2 Committee for tunnel

08 June 2015

HS2 Select Committee is visiting the Wendover area on June 11th

HS2 Select Committee visit postponed

21 May 2015

Buckinghamshire visit delayed because of election

£80m tourism income threatened by HS2

23 April 2015

Scale of loss of annual tourism income in Chilterns if HS2 goes ahead could be huge.

Tunnel for HS2 would protect Chilterns

27 March 2015

HS2 Select Committee visit after election

30 January 2015

MPs visit to Chilterns' part of route not until late spring at earliest

Anger at HS2 fund announcement

13 October 2014

HS2 - what's happening

02 October 2014

Push for a fund to benefit the communities and environment adversely affected by HS2

Board petitions Parliament for a full-length tunnel

21 May 2014

The Chilterns Conservation Board's petition to the HS2 Select Committee asks for a full-length bored tunnel for HS2 under the Chilterns AONB

HS2 Petitioning Pop-in Service

07 May 2014

                      Free help for organisations and individuals on objecting to the HS2 Hybrid Bill

Proof HS2 will destroy ancient landscape

30 April 2014

Option for fully-bored HS2 tunnel under Chilterns

25 April 2014

HS2 Environmental Statement inadequate and hugely flawed

27 February 2014

Joint letter to PM on HS2 tunnel extension

27 February 2014

Nearly a third of the ancient woodland threatened by Phase 1 of HS2 could be saved by extending a tunnel in the Chilterns

ES consultation deadline postponed twice in one week

23 January 2014

Government has been pulled up on mistakes made.

HS2 challenges may go to Europe

23 January 2014

Chilterns HS2 tunnel would save country £500m

02 December 2013

Bored tunnel much better value alternative to current proposals

Rushed consultation on HS2 Environment Report unforgivable

28 November 2013

Government in denial about HS2 damage

25 November 2013

HS2 impact on Chilterns far greater than Govt claims

ancient woodland

HS2 spoil to be dumped in Chilterns

18 September 2013

Nearly 1 million cubic metres of spoil could be dumped on farmland in the Misbourne Valley.

High Court split decision on HS2 case

24 July 2013

HS2 Action Alliance case against the Government will now go to the Supreme Court

HS2 environmental report inadequate

15 July 2013

HS2 Environment Report shows huge damage to Chilterns

24 May 2013

Poor case for HS2 says Govt watchdog

16 May 2013

A report from the National Audit Office is scathing about the HS2 business caseHS1 kent

PM confirms tunnel option will be part of environmental consultation

11 April 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed that the option of a tunnel under the Chilterns will be considered in the HS2 Environmental Impact Assessment consultation.

Judge's decision on HS2 legal challenges expected on 15 March

08 March 2013

The long-awaited ruling on the 5 legal challenges should be handed down on 15th March

HS2 Mitigation Blueprint for Bucks

06 March 2013

Bucks authorities have unveiled a blueprint for reducing the impact of HS2 if it gets the go-ahead

HS2 mini summit on March 5th

25 February 2013

Local authorities, action groups and the Conservation Board will discuss the latest issues at a meeting in Aylesbury

Latest round of Community Forums

25 February 2013

Round 4 of HS2 Ltd's Community Forums are taking place at the moment

HS2: £600m 'detour' in Cheshire

29 January 2013

The straight route alignment deemed essential for Phase 1 of HS2 seems less important for Phase 2

Full scale of damage highlighted in new DVD

22 January 2013

The enormous impact of HS2 along the whole of its London to Birmingham route is highlighted in a new DVD

HS2 - what's happening in 2013

03 January 2013

There are some key activities taking place this year

High Court hears full case against HS2

17 December 2012

The High Court has now heard all five legal challenges to the Government's proposals for High Speed 2.

HS2 judicial reviews start 3rd December

30 November 2012

Five cases against the Government's plans for High Speed 2 are being heard in the High Court, starting on Monday 3rd December and concluding on Tuesday 11th December.

HS2 Action Alliance calls for review of HS2 proposals

17 October 2012

The West Coast Main Line franchise fiasco highlights the clear need for an independent review of the case for HS2, says the HS2 Action Alliance

Greening out, McLoughlin in

05 September 2012

Patrick McLoughlin takes over from Justine Greening as Secretary of State for Transport

Date set for judicial review of HS2

30 July 2012

The High Court has granted opponents of HS2 the right to seek judicial review of the Government's proposals

Rail investment plans undermine HS2 case

16 July 2012

£9bn rail investment package further weakens business case for HS2

16 July Day of Action for Stop HS2

03 July 2012

The Stop HS2 campaign is calling for a Day of Action on July 16th 2012, the day before Parliament breaks up for the summer.

Plans to assess impact of HS2 inadequate

30 May 2012

The Government’s draft plans to assess the environmental impact of the proposed High Speed 2 rail line are inadequate and hurried.

Cabinet Office warns of risks to HS2 project

29 May 2012

An assessment of HS2 by the Cabinet Office Major Projects Authority has given the project a red-amber status, warning it faces major risks and issues.

Plan to move ancient woods widely criticised

02 May 2012

In a letter to Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan the Transport Secretary Justine Greening has suggested that transplanting ancient woodland on the HS2 route is a credible option to save it.

HS2 Summit in Aylesbury packed out

25 April 2012

Over 130 people attended last week's HS2 Summit in Aylesbury, organised by Bucks County Council and attended by local action groups and HS2 Ltd.

HS2 is economic basket case

17 April 2012

The recent damning report on passenger numbers and costs for High Speed 1 is another nail in the coffin for HS2

Councils seek judicial review of HS2

03 April 2012

A group of 15 local authorities are seeking a judicial review of the Government's High Speed 2 rail project.

Wildlife Trust complains to European Commission over decision on HS2

28 March 2012

The Berks Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust has written to the European Commission to complain that the UK Government selected the route for High Speed 2 without properly considering the environmental impact.

Disappointing start to HS2 Community Forums

22 March 2012

Attendees at the first community meetings organised by HS2 Ltd were disappointed by the poor organisation and lack of clarity on what they will cover.

Meeting for landowners concerned about HS2

06 March 2012

15th March 2012, 6.30pm Amersham. For all landowners and farmers who want to know more about the implications of HS2 and what they can do about it.

New Stop HS2 poster available

01 March 2012

The Stop HS2 campaign have produced a striking new poster available to download here.

emergency Stop HS2 poster

Buy sandwiches - support Stop HS2!

22 February 2012

Sandwich Plus shop in Tring is giving 10p from the sale of certain sandwiches to the Stop HS2 campaign

Board supports legal challenge to HS2

14 February 2012

A letter warning of a potential legal challenge has been sent by the HS2 Action Alliance to the DfT

The HS1 line in Kent

HS2 Ltd announces environmental assessment

03 February 2012

HS2 Ltd is starting environmental and engineering survey work along the HS2 route this month.

New - detailed map showing impact of route changes on Chilterns

27 January 2012

The Conservation Board has produced an interactive map which reveals the impact on the Chilterns of changes to the HS2 line announced in January 2012. 

HS2 - the good, the bad and the uglier

17 January 2012

The route changes announced the the Government bring a bit of good news but quite a lot of bad news for the Chiilterns

HS2 will cause huge and unacceptable damage to Chilterns

10 January 2012

The Chilterns Conservation Board today condemned the Government’s decision to proceed to the next stage of building a high speed rail line which will plough through the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Muddled thinking on HS2

09 January 2012

Responses to the pro-HS2 comments from union leaders and economists

Buy the Stop HS2 Christmas single!

20 December 2011

Anti-HS2 campaigners are being urged to buy a single released by a local band to publicise the HS2 issue in advance of the Government's decision next month.

Longer tunnel will not help Chilterns

05 December 2011

If the High Speed Two rail line goes ahead the Chilterns AONB will be badly damaged, despite new Govt proposals to increase the length of tunnel under the AONB.

Parliamentary debate on HS2

10 October 2011

Impact on natural & historic environment

22 August 2011

Detailed descriptions of the impact of HS2 on the natural and historic environment of the Chilterns are now available - see the profile descriptions for map 1-5.

Ramblers Association map

08 June 2011

The Ramblers' Association have created a map showing all the rights of way along the HS2 route which will be affected if it goes ahead.


25 May 2011

13 local authorities including county and district authorities in Bucks have joined together to campaign against HS2 under the name 51m

Detailed maps published

17 May 2011

Detailed maps showing the impact of HS2 on the natural environment, historic features and rights of way network between Chalfont St Giles and Wendover, plus panorama photos along the route, are now available.

New factsheet

12 May 2011

Read the Conservation Board's new factsheet on the impact of HS2 on the Chilterns

The case against HS2

09 May 2011

Read a summary of the case against HS2 as presented by Steve Rodrick at the Great Missenden Rally on 8 May

Taxpayers Alliance report

04 February 2011

A report just published by the Tax Payers' Alliance confirms that there are many flaws in the business case for HS2.

read the report

Tunnelling impact outlined

29 November 2010

The impacts of tunnnelling through the chalk geology of the Misbourne Valley are outlined in a report by Dr Haydon Bailey for the Chiltern Society. The impacts could include pollution of underground water from which domestic supplies are taken and a total loss of surface flow in the River Misbourne.


27 October 2010

Keith Hoffmeister of the Chiltern Society Photo Group has produced an excellent slideshow which shows in detail the countryside that will be damaged if HS2's Route 3 through the Misbourne Valley is built.

Archive Papers

HS2 Additional Project - now complete

HS2 Additional Project

Volume and Value of Tourism in the HS2 corridor - TSE Report March 2015

Main report providing a Tourism Baseline in the HS2 corridor

Accomanying Tourism Business Listings

Chilterns Long Tunnel Report March 2015

Summary of the feasibility study report on a Chilterns Long Tunnel

Report commissioned by Chiltern District Council and supported by the Chilterns Conservation Board, Aylesbury Vale District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council. It sets out the numerous benefits of a fully-bored tunnel under the whole of the Chilterns AONB.

Conservation Board petition to HS2 Select Committee

Chilterns Conservation Board petition May 2014 

Feasibility Study of Tunnelling Options For High Speed Rail in the Chilterns

Final report on Feasibility Study of Tunnelling Options for High Speed Rail in the Chilterns  published May 1st 2014

HS2 Environmental Statement

Chilterns Conservation Board comments on HS2 Phase One Environmental Statement (February 2014)

Assessment of Non-Market Effects of Proposed HS2 scheme - Little Missenden to Wendover

Final report on assessment of non-market effects of proposed HS2 scheme compared to alternative scheme

Appendices to report on non-market effects of proposed HS2 scheme

Environmental Impact Assessment

Chilterns Conservation Board comments on draft scoping report for HS2 EIA

Chilterns Conservation Board comments on draft Environmental Statement for HS2 (July 2013)

Public consultation on HS2

Summary report of 2011 public consultation into high speed rail

Conservation Board Submission to Public Consultation (pdf 136Kb)

Statement of Environmental Impact on the Chilterns AONB (pdf 140Kb) 

2010 announcement of HS2 Scheme - documents

High Speed Rail London to the West Midlands and Beyond: A Report to Government by High Speed Two Limited

Summary of HS2 Report (pdf 1.17Mb)

Government Command Paper - High Speed Rail (pdf 5.74Mb)

Exceptional Hardship Scheme Consultation document (pdf 597Kb)

Conservation Board Paper March 2010 (pdf 63Kb)

Notes prepared for Great Missenden public meeting 29.03.10 by Chilterns Conservation Board (pdf 67Kb)

Chilterns Conservation Board comments on HS2 Report (pdf 56Kb)

Conservation Board presentation to Great Missenden public meeting 29.03.10 (pdf 2.62Mb)