05 May 2021
Buckinghamshire Council and the Chilterns Conservation Board have serious concerns about the impacts of HS2’s tunnelling operations on Buckinghamshire’s aquifer and chalk streams.
01 April 2021
Buckinghamshire Council, Chilterns Conservation Board and local protestors have come together to save a number of trees which were due to be cut down in Leather Lane to make way for an access road HS2 are building just off the A413 between Great Missenden and Wendover.
31 March 2021
It is with great regret that the Chilterns Conservation Board received confirmation today (31 March 2021) that Natural England yesterday issued a licence to HS2 Ltd’s contractors, Fusion Joint Venture, regarding bats at Jones Hill Wood, near Wendover, in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
29 March 2021
Now that work has begun on the construction of HS2, we are monitoring a range of works in the Chilterns AONB and responding to concerns and questions brought to our attention by members of the public, local community group, parish councils and others. We are also liaising closely with key partners including Buckinghamshire Council, Natural England, the Chiltern Society and Thames Valley Police.
27 January 2021
The signs of HS2 and its contractors’ activities have become more obvious since the Notice to Proceed was issued by the Prime Minister in February 2020. This has led the Chilterns Conservation Board, together with a wide range of groups and partners, to become increasingly concerned about the impacts of HS2 on the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
13 November 2020
Concerns raised over HS2 Work in Jones’ Hill Wood, near Wendover in Buckinghamshire, leads to Lord Hague seeking assurances from the Secretary of State for Transport.
30 October 2020
The Chilterns Conservation Board is very concerned at HS2 Ltd's activities at Jones' Hill Wood, near Wendover, Buckinghamshire. We have today sent the attached open letter to Mark Thurston, Chief Executive Officer at HS2 Ltd.
23 June 2020
Extinction Rebellion walk along the HS2 PHASE 1 route 20-27 June
Extinction Rebellion and local communities will be walking 125 miles along Phase 1 of the HS2 route, coming through the Chilterns on the 24th and 25th June.
Chiltern Society HS2 Photo Diary
The construction of the HS2 high speed railway line will have a major impact on the Central Chilterns. Chiltern Society member Keith Hoffmeister has been taking photographs at a number of locations since plans were first announced in 2010. The photos cover the phase before construction as well as early Enabling Works.
Keith has been joined in this work by fellow members Jim Conboy, Bob Smith and Neil Lynch and cover the construction phase through to completion, when trains will start to run anytime between 2028 and 2031.
20 April 2020
The Chilterns Conservation Board publishes its position on the Notice to Proceed for the Phase One route of HS2 from Birmingham to London.
12 February 2020
The Chilterns Conservation Board is deeply saddened by the Government’s announcement giving the green light to the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project.
08 October 2019
Read our appeal to Mr Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport to pause "enabling works" in the Chilterns AONB
01 October 2019
CCB welcomes the Independent Review of High Speed 2 (HS2).
23 November 2016
24 May 2016
20 January 2016
22 July 2015
15 July 2015
08 June 2015
21 May 2015
23 April 2015
27 March 2015
30 January 2015
13 October 2014
02 October 2014
21 May 2014
07 May 2014
30 April 2014
25 April 2014
27 February 2014
27 February 2014
23 January 2014
23 January 2014
02 December 2013
28 November 2013
25 November 2013
HS2 impact on Chilterns far greater than Govt claims
18 September 2013
24 July 2013
15 July 2013
24 May 2013
16 May 2013
11 April 2013
08 March 2013
06 March 2013
25 February 2013
Local authorities, action groups and the Conservation Board will discuss the latest issues at a meeting in Aylesbury
25 February 2013
Round 4 of HS2 Ltd's Community Forums are taking place at the moment
29 January 2013
The straight route alignment deemed essential for Phase 1 of HS2 seems less important for Phase 2
22 January 2013
The enormous impact of HS2 along the whole of its London to Birmingham route is highlighted in a new DVD
03 January 2013
There are some key activities taking place this year
17 December 2012
The High Court has now heard all five legal challenges to the Government's proposals for High Speed 2.
30 November 2012
Five cases against the Government's plans for High Speed 2 are being heard in the High Court, starting on Monday 3rd December and concluding on Tuesday 11th December.
17 October 2012
The West Coast Main Line franchise fiasco highlights the clear need for an independent review of the case for HS2, says the HS2 Action Alliance
05 September 2012
Patrick McLoughlin takes over from Justine Greening as Secretary of State for Transport
30 July 2012
The High Court has granted opponents of HS2 the right to seek judicial review of the Government's proposals
16 July 2012
£9bn rail investment package further weakens business case for HS2
03 July 2012
30 May 2012
29 May 2012
02 May 2012
25 April 2012
17 April 2012
The recent damning report on passenger numbers and costs for High Speed 1 is another nail in the coffin for HS2
03 April 2012
28 March 2012
22 March 2012
06 March 2012
01 March 2012
The Stop HS2 campaign have produced a striking new poster available to download here.
22 February 2012
14 February 2012
A letter warning of a potential legal challenge has been sent by the HS2 Action Alliance to the DfT
03 February 2012
27 January 2012
17 January 2012
10 January 2012
The Chilterns Conservation Board today condemned the Government’s decision to proceed to the next stage of building a high speed rail line which will plough through the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
09 January 2012
20 December 2011
05 December 2011
If the High Speed Two rail line goes ahead the Chilterns AONB will be badly damaged, despite new Govt proposals to increase the length of tunnel under the AONB.
08 November 2011
Today's report from the Transport Select Committee contains many reservations about the Government's proposals for a high speed rail network.
10 October 2011
22 August 2011
Detailed descriptions of the impact of HS2 on the natural and historic environment of the Chilterns are now available - see the profile descriptions for map 1-5.
08 June 2011
The Ramblers' Association have created a map showing all the rights of way along the HS2 route which will be affected if it goes ahead.
25 May 2011
13 local authorities including county and district authorities in Bucks have joined together to campaign against HS2 under the name 51m
17 May 2011
Detailed maps showing the impact of HS2 on the natural environment, historic features and rights of way network between Chalfont St Giles and Wendover, plus panorama photos along the route, are now available.
12 May 2011
Read the Conservation Board's new factsheet on the impact of HS2 on the Chilterns
09 May 2011
Read a summary of the case against HS2 as presented by Steve Rodrick at the Great Missenden Rally on 8 May
04 February 2011
29 November 2010
The impacts of tunnnelling through the chalk geology of the Misbourne Valley are outlined in a report by Dr Haydon Bailey for the Chiltern Society. The impacts could include pollution of underground water from which domestic supplies are taken and a total loss of surface flow in the River Misbourne.
27 October 2010
Keith Hoffmeister of the Chiltern Society Photo Group has produced an excellent slideshow which shows in detail the countryside that will be damaged if HS2's Route 3 through the Misbourne Valley is built.
Report commissioned by Chiltern District Council and supported by the Chilterns Conservation Board, Aylesbury Vale District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council. It sets out the numerous benefits of a fully-bored tunnel under the whole of the Chilterns AONB.
Final report on Feasibility Study of Tunnelling Options for High Speed Rail in the Chilterns published May 1st 2014
Summary of HS2 Report (pdf 1.17Mb)
Government Command Paper - High Speed Rail (pdf 5.74Mb)
Conservation Board Paper March 2010 (pdf 63Kb)