A National Trust spokesman said: “The inclusion of HS2 in today’s Parliamentary proceedings comes as no surprise, given their published timetable for phase one of the high speed train link between London and Birmingham.
“We are neither for nor against high speed rail in principle, but we remain opposed to the route of HS2 because of its impact on the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and specifically on our places Coombe Hill, Hartwell House and Waddesdon Estate near Aylesbury.
“With the time we have before the hybrid Bill is deposited, we will continue to work hard with stakeholders and communities to achieve local consensus on what mitigation is appropriate, and negotiate with HS2 Ltd to ensure the scheme is the best it can possibly be.”
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Notes to editors:
- For details of the National Trust approach to phase 1 of HS2, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hs2
- For details of the Buckinghamshire County Council Mitigation Blueprint for HS2, visit: http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/assets/content/bcc/docs/about_your_council/hs2_mitigation.pdf
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