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.
The Chilterns Conservation Board is working to hold HS2 to account and to minimise the effects of its construction works on the Chilterns landscape.