HS2 Select Committee chairman Robert Syms has said that evidence heard over the last two weeks does not present a case for the proposed long tunnel to carry the new rail route through the Chilterns.
In a statement, Syms said: “We have kept in mind the potential non-quantifiable effects of the project on the Chilterns area of outstanding natural beauty. On the evidence heard we are strongly of the view that the case for a long tunnel is not made out. Without prejudging the arguments we may hear from future petitioners we believe it is unlikely that an overwhelming case will be made out for the long tunnel options as we move forward into further hearings.”
The Select Committee has supported plans for extension of the green tunnels at the northern end of South Heath and southwards at Wendover but has called on HS2 to report on the implications to the overall project of these decisions.