It’s almost universally opposed in Aylesbury Vale, but nearby Tring could actually benefit from HS2 with new, faster routes into London.
The town could get new services from its station to Bond Street and Farringdon, while Hemel Hempstead could receive a much quicker connection to Heathrow.
Its all part of government plans to extend the Crossrail network into Hertfordshire, shaving 15 minutes off journey times into the capital.
Part of the logic for this being given by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin is that it ‘would provide flexibility and reliability while we build HS2 into Euston’ – where trains from Tring currently terminate.
Mr McLoughlin said: “It would make it easier to get on with the massive job of rebuilding the station so it matches the amazing standard of King’s Cross and St Pancras – because everyone who uses Euston now knows it isn’t up to scratch, and it would be a huge boost to Crossrail and London commuters.
“We’re going to examine, right away, how we can run extra services direct into the city and through to Canary Wharf from key stations like Tring, Hemel Hempstead, Harrow and Watford – without the frustrating need to change at Euston.”
HS2 Limited are now being asked to work closely with the Crossrail sponsors to explore the plans in more detail.
Andrew Williams, leader of Dacorum Borough Council, which serves Tring, described the proposals as ‘exciting’ for the area.
He said: “We warmly welcome the government’s consideration of extending the Crossrail project to serve key stations within the borough of Dacorum.
“This exciting project would dramatically cut journey times into the heart of the capital and would be great news for local residents and businesses who rely on getting in and out of London quickly and reliably.
“The prospect of dramatically improved rail services will provide a further boost to our development plans and to the local economy. We look forward to participating in the development of the proposals as they come forward.”