Campaigning to protect our landscape
The Chiltern Society opposed HS2 crossing the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and campaigned for it to be tunnelled under the entire AONB. We presented evidence to both HS2 Select Committees as the HS2 Bill made its way through Parliament and we met with HS2 Ltd on a number of occasions as well as the Transport Secretary.
We were disappointed with Parliament’s decision to part-tunnel the railway through the Chilterns and consider this will have a detrimental effect on the AONB. We remain very concerned about the precedent HS2 has set for other protected landscapes.
We continue to closely monitor the impact HS2 has on the Chilterns as the eight year construction period progresses and work with HS2 review groups in the AONB and in the Colne Valley with a view to reducing the disruption the railway will bring to local communities and the environment.
In addition we publish regular email updates on latest developments to keep communities informed.