Protesters have pitched up at the site where HS2 is due to begin work tomorrow - despite calls from campaigners, MPs and the county council to halt them immediately. 

HS2 preparation works will get underway tomorrow to widen Link Road and Frith Hill in Great Missenden, even though Bucks County Council and other campaigners have urged the transport secretary to put a stop to the work. 

The road widening would see several mature trees cut down - which has prompted outrage from residents in the village.

Today, protesters set up along the road with banners and placards saying: "Save our trees" and "HS2 stop killing our trees". 


Transport chief at Bucks County Council Mark Shaw said he was "very disappointed" their calls to halt the work have "fallen on deaf ears". 

The council was told on October 10 that the work would still be going ahead - despite a petition with more than 2,000 signatures and please from Dame Cheryl Gillan, councillors and the Chilterns Conservation Board. 

Cllr Shaw said: We pressed the government to cease HS2 preliminary works in the county pending the outcome of the Oakervee review, and we also urged a stop to the works in Great Missenden. I’m very disappointed our requests have fallen on deaf ears.”

In a statement, Great Missenden Parish Council said: "In spite of protestations from local councillors, residents and businesses the roadworks are to continue unchanged with the felling of some mature trees, regardless of whether the Oakervee review decides to support the continuation of the HS2 project or not."