Another sinkhole resulting from HS2 works has resulted in a forced bridleway closure near Amersham.

Councillors from Buckinghamshire Council, including Steven Broadbent, Gareth Williams, and leader Martin Tett, assessed the situation on site in Hyde Heath on Wednesday, November 8.

Data from HS2 Limited’s Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) Florence indicated that it may be passing through a geological feature while tunnelling under the edge of a woodland.

This area of the woodland where the sinkhole has appeared is in close proximity to the bridleway.

The landowner has been informed by the council and "for safety reasons the public bridleway/Right of Way is closed with no public access now available".

Instead, diversions are in place, with the Buckinghamshire Council website providing details.


Ongoing security is present, ensuring the area surrounding the sinkhole remains off-limits at all times.

HS2 continues to update key stakeholders, including the landowner and Buckinghamshire Council.

The evolving situation continues to raise concerns about the environmental impact of the HS2 project, particularly in relation to local walking paths and woodland areas.

The case of the sinkhole in Hyde Heath serves as a stark reminder of the unforeseen circumstances related to large-scale construction projects.