First: a reminder that the deadline for petitioning on AP4 is tomorrow (Friday 13th November), and the petitions office shuts at 2pm.
The timetable for the HS2 Hybrid Bill petitions for November 16th to 3rd December has now been published, and is available from the committee website. (Direct link to timetable here.)
The hearings start with a number of locus stand challenges of a number of groups and individuals.
After these petitions, the Bill Committee is planning to hear petitions from Community Forum Area 1 (Euston – station and approach) Community Forum Area 2 (Camden Town) and Community Forum Area 3 (Primrose Hill to Camden).
Along the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire boundary 60 Km of M40 motorway provides a spine for future housing and business growth. The HS2 can be algined from Prince’s Risborough Haddenham Bicester Banbury and Brackley. There are over 600 square kilometres of land to create an economic growth area. Is Prime Minister David Cameron able to grasp a real opportunity for the two counties to evolve in the next 50 years. Both Counties are under performing economically and HS2 Route 3 does not add value to Buckinghamshire currently. HS2 made several mistakes including disregarding medium distance commuting into London and into Birmingham. East West rail has been suspended currently after being used to foil petitioning across the centre of Bucknghamshire. This rail route with a road alongside can link the M! to M40 and improve the links to Milton Keynes and to Oxford relieving the A34. Todate the debate on HS2 has been too focussed on the Chilterns, London and Birmingham and too narrow to a passenger high speed line. Poorly planned and not worthy of 21st Century vision planning.