Bucks HS2 station plans shelved

Bucks HS2 station plans shelved

Bucks HS2 station plans shelved

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

'NAIVE' proposals for an HS2 station in Bucks have been withdrawn from a mitigation blueprint put forward by council chiefs.

A first draft of the blueprint - setting out what councillors are demanding to mitigate the worst aspects of the project if it goes ahead - at one stage included plans for a station near Aylesbury.

The blueprint was handed in to the government this week - but Chiltern District Council heard at the authority's full council meeting on Wednesday it does not include the station proposals, which have now been dropped.

Cllr Seb Berry said: "It was a naive and politically quite damaging proposal. How on earth did it emerge in the first place and ended as being talked up by the county council?"

Cllr Nick Rose said: "The station has been deleted - my understanding is it's been completely dropped."

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10:32am Fri 28 Feb 14

Dr Truth says...

Why was it dropped? The two quotes from the respective councillors offer absolutely no insight.

What an poorly researched article.
Why was it dropped? The two quotes from the respective councillors offer absolutely no insight. What an poorly researched article. Dr Truth
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2:24pm Fri 28 Feb 14

geoffW says...

A whole raft of ideas were put forward for inclusion. The council was just trying to make it look as if they were trying to get something good out of HS2 should it go aheasd.

The station idea sounded good ... the people of Bucks were going to get something out of HS2 apart from all the negative stuff.

But who would use it? People from Aylesbury/Buckingham might, even Risborough and High Wycombe, but once you go further afield to Milton Keynes, Bicester and Oxford it would be quicker for them to travel to Birmingham on existing lines and catch HS2 there (even when they reinstate the line from Oxford to Milton Keynes through Steeple Claydon where the new station would have gone). So who was it really for?

It would add over 5 minutes to the journey times as the train would have to slow, stop and speed up again.
A whole raft of ideas were put forward for inclusion. The council was just trying to make it look as if they were trying to get something good out of HS2 should it go aheasd. The station idea sounded good ... the people of Bucks were going to get something out of HS2 apart from all the negative stuff. But who would use it? People from Aylesbury/Buckingham might, even Risborough and High Wycombe, but once you go further afield to Milton Keynes, Bicester and Oxford it would be quicker for them to travel to Birmingham on existing lines and catch HS2 there (even when they reinstate the line from Oxford to Milton Keynes through Steeple Claydon where the new station would have gone). So who was it really for? It would add over 5 minutes to the journey times as the train would have to slow, stop and speed up again. geoffW
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8:57am Sat 1 Mar 14

Windsorian says...

The decision to abandon its plan for a HS2 station near Aylesbury, is hardly suprising as there was liittle logic in the proposal.

If Bucks Cllrs had half a brain cell between them, they would be looking carefully at the Davies' Airports Commission detailed investigation into the Heathrow R3 proposals; both options include the possibility of a Heathrow Hub station on the GWML between Iver & West Drayton i.e. in Bucks!

We know the initial Cossrail (XR) plan was that 4tph would terminate at Maidenhead; however since then consideration is being made to extending the route to Reading - plus there is a WRAP (WRAtH) proposal to extend HEx or XR from T5 to Reading.

This may allow XR to be extended on the existing branch line from Maidenhead to Bourne End and then on to High Wycombe, basically via a modified old route.
The decision to abandon its plan for a HS2 station near Aylesbury, is hardly suprising as there was liittle logic in the proposal. If Bucks Cllrs had half a brain cell between them, they would be looking carefully at the Davies' Airports Commission detailed investigation into the Heathrow R3 proposals; both options include the possibility of a Heathrow Hub station on the GWML between Iver & West Drayton i.e. in Bucks! We know the initial Cossrail (XR) plan was that 4tph would terminate at Maidenhead; however since then consideration is being made to extending the route to Reading - plus there is a WRAP (WRAtH) proposal to extend HEx or XR from T5 to Reading. This may allow XR to be extended on the existing branch line from Maidenhead to Bourne End and then on to High Wycombe, basically via a modified old route. Windsorian
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