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Longer Chilterns Tunnel Amongst Final HS2 Committee Recommendations

February 25, 2016 1:07 PM
wendoverThe High Speed Rail Committee has published its final report, amalgamating the views of nearly 1,600 petitions into a series of recommendations to improve HS2 ahead of Parliamentary approval.
The recommendations were built on views provided by individuals and bodies directly affected by the High Speed Rail Bill, giving them the opportunity to object to elements of HS2 - but not the project itself.
After nearly two years, its main recommendations were for:
> a longer Chilterns bored tunnel, greater noise protection for Wendover
> better construction arrangements in Hillingdon
> a re-modelled maintenance depot at Washwood Heath to maximise job opportunities.
Proposals for a longer Chilterns bored tunnel started being considered towards the end of July last year with many hundreds of petitioners in favour.
The Bill proposed a 13.4km deep-bored tunnel under the southern section of the Chilterns to be tunnelled northward from the M25, with the line running over ground. But petitioners proposed four other options, including two tunnels stretching beyond 23km and two shorter extensions: one of 4.1km to Leather Lane, and another preferred option of a 2.6km stretch to South Heath, costing £47m.
The minister has still to make his own final recommendations on the report and has promised to consider carefully their proposals.
The Bill will then be reported to the Commons and if it passes that stage will procede to a third reading at the Commons, before moving onto the Lords.
Originally reported on http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/