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Writing in The Guardian today, Jasmine Coleman reports that –
 
The government is considering digging a new tunnel under the Chiltern Hills as it looks again at plans for the HS2 high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham. The transport secretary, Justine Greening, is expected to announce a delay next week in the decision on the divisive £32bn project. The proposals have proved controversial among MPs whose constituencies straddle the planned route. Officials in the Department for Transport have now reportedly found an extra £500m to pay for a 1.5-mile tunnel under the Chilterns, west of Amersham, to stop the line scarring the landscape…
 

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has welcomed plans for more tunnelling but said it was concerned the additional funding would potentially come from cutting back on mitigation measures elsewhere on the scheme. Ralph Smyth of the CPRE said the alteration would be “something to help swallow the bitterness”.

He added: “Just because countryside is not nationally designated does not mean it should not be valued and protected.”

Full article here.

 
Trevethy Stone, Cornwall, by Charles Knight (circa 1845). Also known as King Arthur’s Quoit, The Giant’s House and Trethevy Quoit. Private collection, Great Britain
 
 

The Heritage Alliance will be holding its Heritage Day this year on Thursday, 8 December.

Registration is open for one of the biggest events in the heritage calendar – the Heritage Alliance’s annual Heritage Day, sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.

Heritage Day 2011 will take place on Thursday 8 December in the Grade II listed Wapping Hydraulic Power Station (lunchtime reception) and its neighbour the Metropolitan Wharf building (afternoon conference). These fascinating examples of London’s rich industrial history are situated in the well-known Wapping Wall Conservation Area, lying on the north bank of the Thames midway between the City of London and Canary Wharf. These two neighbouring buildings form two sides of the Wapping Heritage Triangle, with London’s oldest surviving riverside pub, the well-known Prospect of Whitby (built in 1543), forming the third. Wapping is easily reached by public transport from central London within 20 minutes, or drivers can make use of the venue’s free car park.

More here.

 

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