Aylesbury MP David Lidington has written to HS2 Ltd’s boss Alison Munro urging her to ‘reconsider’ plans to reinstate the overhead pylons once the line past Wendover has been built.
The Europe Minister wrote the letter after a Wendover and Halton forum meeting to discuss the high speed line, saying: “I would never suggest electricity lines being placed underground is adequate compensation for the impact HS2 will have.”
He added that anything that could be done to improve his constituents’ lives once HS2 in constructed should be considered.
Roger Waller, of Dunsmore, near Wendover, who attended the meeting, said: “It is obviously going to be very expensive to move them (the pylons). They are going to have to build another set before they take those down, I presume – unless they are going to blackout large parts of Bucks.”
Mr Waller does not expect pylons to be placed underground, citing technical reasons such as the heat they would produce.
He said: “Also if it’s building a second set of pylons before they move the first load, that’s more construction chaos.”
In response an HS2 Ltd spokesman said: “Our chief executive, Alison Munro, will be writing back to David Lidington shortly to report on our discussion with the National Grid as to whether it is practical to bury the short line of electricity pylons near this part of the route that may have to be moved during the construction of HS2.”
Meanwhile Mr Waller has also criticised the forums, saying that the concerns which are being raised are not resulting in any changes – describing the meetings as ‘like blotting paper, which absorb anger and don’t do anything’.
The HS2 spokesman said: ““We have had positive feedback from local people that the forums are an effective way for them to meet with our engineers and environmental experts to discuss how the project is progressing and to highlight any of their concerns for HS2 Ltd to address in the project’s ongoing design and environmental work.”