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.