UPDATED: Demand for Aylesbury HS2 station withdrawn after U-turn

Martin Tett
Martin Tett

A demand to the government to include an Aylesbury stop on the HS2 line has been withdrawn after neighbouring district councils objected.

An appeal for the station, which Bucks County Council said would provide an economic boost for the area, has been removed from the mitigation documents on the scheme delivered to Number 10 Downing Street today.

Council leader Martin Tett said that the plan did not have unanimous support from neighbouring district councils in Bucks which felt that, because asking for the station would bring economic gain, it should not be included in the document.

After handing in the blueprint in Westminster this afternoon, Mr Tett claimed that he was not disappointed that the station proposal was left out.

But Mr Tett said that he could not comment on what Bucks County Council’s position would be if HS2 Limited decided to propose a station for Aylesbury Vale in the future.

He said: “The blueprint was a joint document, so without the support of the other leaders it can’t go in to the document.

“It was a draft proposal so this is not embarrassing, it all went out to consultation with colleagues.”

He added: “It was an excellent day, it was a really great team effort and the blueprint has been endorsed by all these groups.

“It is probably the biggest concentrated environmental voice on this issue.”