Local Impact

The Route

The route of HS2 directly affects Amersham and our neighbouring towns, villages and countryside. These include Denham, Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles, Little Missenden, Great Missenden, Hyde Heath and South Heath, Potter Row, The Lee, Wendover, Stoke Mandeville, Stone, Waddesdon, Quainton, Calvert and Twyford.

Latest Developments

More details of the construction plans have been made public ( Nov 2012 ) at the Community Forums - see this page for the latest information.

Maps

The current ( Jan 2012 ) definitive maps are available on the DfT website ; here are our local maps - (the DfT pdf files are large, around 10Mb; the jpg versions below are half the size )

Maps of all sections of the route can also be found on the Chilterns Conservation Board website, which carries further information about the impact of HS2 on the Chilterns

Construction

Construction of HS2 is due to begin in 2016. Work will last up to five years and may be carried out round-the-clock, 7 days a week. It will have a huge impact on us all.

The government has not yet carried out an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) in relation to the construction of HS2, & the costs to local communities casued by the disruption are not taken into account when assessing the 'benefits' of HS2 .

Environment

The Chilterns Conservation Board has calculated that:

The Chiltern Society has made a detailed analysis of the impact on the local geology. It concludes that:

See this article about the historic landscape of the Misbourne valley

HS2 in Operation

Should the proposed timeline for delivering HS2 run to schedule, trains would start operating soon after completion of the work in 2026.