Written evidence from Cheryl Gillan MP
LETTER TO THE CLERK OF THE TRANSPORT COMMITTEE
My constituency is on the proposed route for HS2
and should the consultation result in a decision to proceed with
the route it would be very seriously affected.
Many of my constituents have directly submitted views
to the consultation, but they would like you to consider in your
examination of the HS2 proposals the alternative routes which
do not appear to have had full scrutiny. In particular, the route
proposed by Arup, which follows to a greater degree the M1 transport
corridor, and the route that offers better alignment with and
connectivity to the
West Country. I understand the "Ml Route"
gives far better connectivity to a greater number of northern
towns and cities. They would also like you to examine the connectivity
between the proposed HS2 route and Crossrail, Heathrow and HS1.
I understand that the development and discussion
of alternative routes are subject to non-disclosure agreements,
but it would be helpful to my constituents if you examined whether
this is the case.
In addition, I am attaching two documents concerning
Arup and BAA that were brought to my attention by a constituent.
I understand that these documents are now in the government's
archives and certain passages and diagrams on some of the pages
have been blanked out. The Arup report blanking is easy to find,
however the BAA (Heathrow) report is page 24 (or PDF page 36).
I understand that the areas blanked out may possibly relate to
the cost saving of £400 million and damage limitation to
the Chilterns AONB. I should be grateful if the Transport Select
Committee would examine this further.
16 May 2011
288 BAA and Arup submissions to Lord Mawhinney's review.
Not printed with this submission Back