Work associated with the HS2 rail project is to start in Great Missenden despite requests to delay from Buckinghamshire County Council and others.
For the past fourteen months Buckinghamshire County Council has been liaising with HS2 Ltd and its contractors to try to ensure minimal disruption from the traffic management system during construction works.
However on Thursday 10th October 2019 the County Council was told the works would start on Tuesday 15th October 2019, as directed by the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
A letter was sent to local residents and businesses in Great Missenden during September 2019 by HS2 Ltd and their contractors, Fusion, informing them of the roadworks. Residents and businesses were also invited to attend an information event on Thursday 3rd October 2019.
More than 300 people attended the information event to express their views and concerns about the works including fears that the one way traffic management system, which will be in place for around seventeen weeks, would cause major congestion in the area.
Concern was also aired that widening works on Link Road would mean that a number of mature trees would have to be cut down. This all comes at a time when the whole HS2 project is subject to a ‘go’ or ‘no go’ review by the Government.
Owing to the timing of the Oakervee HS2 review Buckinghamshire County Council formally asked HS2 Ltd to cease the works at Great Missenden until the results of the review are made public.
Dame Cheryl Gillan MP, local councillors and The Chilterns Conservation Board have also written and asked that the Government pause these works. A local petition with almost 3,000 signatures has also been submitted to Government.
Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member at Buckinghamshire County Council, said: ‘We pressed the Government to cease HS2 preliminary works in the county pending the outcome of the Oakervee review, and we also urged a stop to the works in Great Missenden. I’m very disappointed our requests have fallen on deaf ears.‘
Great Missenden Parish Council issued a statement in which they said: ‘In spite of protestations from local councillors, residents and businesses the roadworks are to continue unchanged with the felling of some mature trees, regardless of whether the Oakervee review decides to support the continuation of the HS2 project or not.‘
*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire County Council.