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11/05/2011
Protesters flock to Great Missenden for HS2 rally


MORE than 12 million cubic metres of spoil will need to be removed to build the £33bn HS2 link - over 17 times the official estimate, a leading conservationist told a rally.

Around 1,000 protesters attended a HS2 rally in Great Missenden on Sunday (May 8) to hear Steve Rodrick, chief officer, Chilterns Conservation Board (CCB), reveal the new statistics.

He said: "HS2 Ltd (the company set up by the Government to assess the business case) have got the figures wrong - they've calculated the spoil for one tunnel going under Amersham when it's going to be a twin tunnel.

"They haven't included the volume of spoil coming out of the cuttings either - where is it all going to go?"

If these figures are correct, the CCB calculate it will mean a lorry movement every 26 seconds of the working day, Monday to Friday along the whole line for five years.

This amounts to 850,000 full trucks taking the spoil away across this period.

Mr Rodrick confirmed he expects some of the spoil to be taken away by the rail tracks created to dig the tunnel.

He added: "HS2 spend £12m a month on consultants, how could they get something as basic as this wrong?

"I think the public have a right to know where all this spoil is going to go."

Stop HS2 director Shirley Judges said: "The rally was very well attended and we've had a lot of positive feedback.

"There were some very informative speeches, not least from Steve Rodrick.

"They appear to have completely underestimated the amount of spoil, which is going to be appalling."

A full critique of the Government's case was presented at the rally hosted by HS2 Action Alliance, the Chiltern Ridges HS2 Action Group and Great Missenden Stop HS2

Campaign Group in The Buryfields.

Speakers included; Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan, HS2 Action Alliance's Hilary Wharf and Bucks County Council's Martin Tett.

A poem about HS2 was also performed by children from Great Missenden School.

The public consultation into the controversial rail link from London to Birmingham ends on July 29.

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