Fury as village bypass ruled out by HS2 Ltd

View - Waddesdon crossroads - the junction will be removed and a rounadabout installed if HS2 happens - pictured is Cllr David Vick
View - Waddesdon crossroads - the junction will be removed and a rounadabout installed if HS2 happens - pictured is Cllr David Vick

Proposals by campaigners to build a Waddesdon bypass if HS2 goes ahead have been rejected by the government.

Bucks politicians called for the bypass to be built using the track created for HS2 construction vehicles as the basis for the road.

However, government-owned HS2 Ltd has confirmed that this proposal has been dismissed.

It added that it isproposing to build a bridge over the track where it crosses the A41 in Fleet Marston ‘that is low in relation to the landscape’ and will ‘use a roundabout to allow the road to cross at a point where the railway is deeper in the ground’.

Waddesdon district councillor David Vick said HS2 Ltd has ignored the wishes of the local community.

He said: “If HS2 do not provide the opportunity for a relief road around Waddesdon then we will never achieve it. The local authority has not been able to get funding in the past, and the ‘Waddesdon bypass’ has been on the agenda for more than 70 years.”

He said the bridge and roundabout would be ‘terribly damaging to the local environment, the historic setting of Grand Lodge and Waddesdon, too’.

Mr Vick called on HS2 Ltd to build the road under the track rather than a flyover.

“It’s a fight for our lives up here. HS2 is something we will be stuck with for the rest of our lives and our children’s lives so we have got to fight, fight and fight to get the best for this area.”

Bucks County Council has previously called for a ‘suitably aligned bypass’ to be built at Waddesdon by HS2 Ltd.

A spokesman said: “We shall continue to negotiate with HS2 Ltd to get the best mitigation possible for affected residents.”

An HS2 Ltd spokesman said a bypass was ‘not in the scope’ of HS2, adding: “This is the best solution and has the added benefit of allowing for the possible inclusion of a bypass of Waddesdon at a later date, should there be a wish to take forward such a scheme.”