HS2 Bill has its first reading in House of Commons

Vision for HS2

Vision for HS2

Latest update 28.11.2013 09:53

On Monday 25 November the HS2 Bill had its first reading in the House of Commons. Accompanied by the biggest Environmental Statement in UK history, we have our work cut out to assess it.

Setting out our initial reaction, Peter Nixon, our director of conservation said:
'It is encouraging that the Government has listened to some local concerns in developing the scheme. However, we have two areas of very real worry - the route through the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and into the Aylesbury Vale where HS2 passes close to Hartwell House and Aylesbury.

We’ve a lot more work to do in assessing the details of the proposals and it will be important that the Parliamentary process of the Bill makes sure that the impacts are properly addressed. HS2 is a once in a lifetime project that we can’t afford to get wrong. We must make sure the plans for HS2 don’t end up cutting corners at the expense of the environment.'