HS2 Update, December 2021
On the 18th of November, the Government announced its decision to scrap the Eastern leg of HS2 which would have connected an East Midlands Hub to Leeds.
The Eastern leg represented a key government justification for building HS2, on the basis that it would help bridge the north-south divide. However, this retrenchment, and increasing concern over spiralling costs – including the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee being “increasingly alarmed” about key elements of the programme – the business case for the whole route is on even shakier ground.
However, for the Chilterns, the HS2 proposals still roll on and continue to gather momentum.
We are aware of a further two sinkholes appearing in farmed fields between Sibley’s Coppice and Frith Hill.
We have been made aware of a second sinkhole occurring above one of the HS2 tunnel boring machines (TBMs) in Hyde Heath.
The announcement by the Prime Minister cancelling HS2 north of Birmingham undermines the justification for the remaining section of the route.