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No extension to HS2 tunnel says council boss
THE tunnel set to be built through the Chilterns as part of the HS2 project will not be extended, a council boss claimed yesterday.
Campaigners have called for the proposed tunnel to be extended further through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to lessen the environmental impact on the area.
But Chiltern District Council Leader Nick Rose said, after meeting with representatives from HS2 Ltd yesterday, their plans have not been given the thumbs up.
It means the tunnel portal will still be to the west of Amersham rather than past Great Missenden, which campaigners had asked for.
Speaking at last night's full meeting of Chiltern District Council, Cllr Rose said: "An extended tunnel hasn't been agreed. As it stands it ends at Mantles Wood.
"They have not contemplated further extension. This comes as no surprise but it is nevertheless a great disappointment."
CDC is one of four local authorities that are contributing towards a legal challenge against HS2 at the Supreme Court.
Cllr Rose was asked by Cllr Nik Stewert how much money the authority was contributing towards legal costs, along with North Warwickshire District Council, Hillingdon London Borough Council and Camden Council.
He replied: "Hillingdon is the lead authority. Our costs are capped. We will only contribute up to that amount, which is in the order of £20,000. Anything beyond that will be picked up by Hillingdon and the other councils."
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