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High Speed 2 (HS2)

3. The HS2 Scheme

High Speed 2 (HS2) is a proposed new railway that will run from London to Birmingham and then onto Leeds and Manchester in a Y shape.

The Hybrid Bill for Phase One (London to Birmingham) was introduced to Parliament in November 2013, and was agreed with a majority in the House of Commons.

Phase One of HS2 will have a huge impact on Buckinghamshire, as it runs for approximately 60kms from the Colne Valley in south Buckinghamshire to Turweston and Mixbury in north Buckinghamshire.

During community engagement HS2 Ltd (the company set up to plan HS2) broke the scheme up into Community Forum areas, 8 of which are in or part of Buckinghamshire.

For each of these areas the Environmental Statement (which forms part of the Hybrid Bill) contains an introductory report to the scheme in that area. 

HS2 is a major challenge for Buckinghamshire. 

As a consequence, the local authorities in Buckinghamshire maintain a principled opposition to the scheme.

However, it is critical to secure the very best possible outcomes and mitigation for communities and businesses, should the scheme proceed. 

The arguments against HS2 are well rehearsed, with the fundamental issues including:

  • A flawed business case.
  • Irreparable damage to high quality and designated environments.
  • Superior investment opportunities in the country’s infrastructure.

Therefore we are working with local partners to ensure that specific key mitigation and compensation measures are agreed upon and promoted.

For the most up to date list of mitigation and compensation requests for Buckinghamshire please visit the Blueprint section.


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Last updated: 18 March 2017

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