HS2 select committee to visit Bucks

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
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Members of the HS2 Select Committee are visiting Aylesbury Vale today (Thursday) 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 will be accompanied by various HS2 Limited staff, local councillors, 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 will spend the day touring the area by coach meeting petitioners and other local residents and affected parties at various locations including Booker Park School (2pm) and the Fairford Leys Centre (4.30pm) in Aylesbury.

The committee will also be visiting two National Trust properties - Coombe Hill near Wendover (11.30am) and Hartwell House near Aylesbury (3.35pm).

Aylesbury Vale District Council is petitioning on the Hybrid Bill, which effectively gives HS2 Ltd the powers to construct and operate the high speed rail project, and will also give evidence before the select committee.

Councillor Carole Paternoster, AVDC cabinet member for growth strategy said: “As a district council we are committed to getting the best deal we can for Aylesbury Vale.

“This means reducing the impact of the route, getting timely compensation for residents and securing any economic benefits there are for the district.

“This is an opportunity for the people making the decisions to not only see for themselves the impact HS2 will have on Aylesbury Vale’s landscape and communities – but to hear directly from those affected most too.”

The district council’s petition document can be found at www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/hs2