Committee visits Vale to see impact of HS2

The HS2 select committee visits Coombe Hill to see where the route will cut through the Vale

The HS2 select committee visits Coombe Hill to see where the route will cut through the Vale

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Members of the HS2 Select Committee visited Aylesbury Vale to see for themselves how phase one of the £50 billion high speed rail link will impact on residents and businesses.

As part of their considerations of the HS2 Bill going through Parliament, the committee was accompanied by various HS2 Ltd staff, local councillors, David Lidington MP, council officers and 
experts.

The HS2 select committee visits Coombe Hill to see where the route will cut through the Vale

The HS2 select committee visits Coombe Hill to see where the route will cut through the Vale

They spent the day touring the area by coach meeting petitioners and other local residents and affected parties at various locations including Booker Park School and the Fairford Leys Centre in Aylesbury.

The committee also visited two National Trust properties - Coombe Hill near Wendover and Hartwell House near Aylesbury.

Claire Forrest, information officer for the Chilterns Conservation Board accompanied the committee during their visit to the Chilterns.

Miss Forrest said: “The committee was very keen to understand about the impact of the railway on the landscape.

The HS2 select committee visits Coombe Hill to see where the route will cut through the Vale - pictured is Joe Mayled - Chiltern Countryside Ranger talking through the sites of interest

The HS2 select committee visits Coombe Hill to see where the route will cut through the Vale - pictured is Joe Mayled - Chiltern Countryside Ranger talking through the sites of interest

“The committee met lots of local people, including about 50 or so at Coombe Hill, and it was good that people had the chance to talk to the select committee MPs.

“There was also a meeting in the church in Wendover and a visit to King’s Ash, which had good views of a lot of the proposed route for HS2.

“The committee also visited two National Trust properties that would be affected.”

Chairman of the Chilterns Conservation Board Ian Reay also met members of the committee during the visit.

Miss Forrest said: “As a board we used the chance to talk about the benefits we believe a long tunnel under the whole of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty would bring.

“It would mean there would be less infrastructure and also less impact on roads and rights-of-way.”

The select committee is also due to visit the Buckingham constituency on Friday, June 26.

The visit will include stops at Waddesdon Village Hall and Claydon House.