High Speed 2

Since the proposals were first put forward for a High Speed Rail link between London and Birmingham in March 2010, it was abundantly clear to me and to my constituents that the Buckingham constituency would fare badly as a result.  Little did we know at the time the sheer extent of devastation that this project would create.
Over the course of the past four years, I have met with four successive Secretaries of State at the Department for Transport, representatives from High Speed 2 Ltd and countless numbers of constituents affected by the project.  I have attended many meetings about HS2 and sent many thousands of letters to constituents and to the Government about the issue.
So far as my constituents and I are concerned, the HS2 project is all pain and no gain.  As the elected representative of so many people who will be adversely affected by this project, I have been outspoken in standing up for my constituents and urging the Government to drop this project.  I will continue to do so.
23rd February 2017

The Government’s High Speed 2 Bill today received Royal Assent.  The Government is now authorised to start construction on High Speed 2.

This is, of course, extremely disappointing to residents who have fought so hard against the project.

I am committed to ensuring that, once construction does begin, the very highest standards of construction practice are adhered to and that disruption is – as far as possible – kept to a minimum.

I have today received correspondence from the Secretary of State for Transport setting out details for the Homeowner Payment Scheme which might be of interest to some constituents.  If I can assist any constituents with their claims, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Joint letter with The Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP to new Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, 18 July 2016
Response from Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, 19th August 2016

HS2 Property Schemes Leaflet


Select Committee on High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Bill

The Committee's report is available to download here. (Published 22nd February 2016)

John Bercow gives evidence to the HS2 Select Committee backing calls for a tunnel at Chetwode, 2nd February 2016

| Minutes of Evidence taken by the High Speed Rail Committee 


John Bercow gives evidence to the HS2 Select Committee, 20th October 2015

| Minutes of John Bercow's Oral Evidence taken before the High Speed Rail Committee

High Speed 2 Compensation 

| Letter from Secretary of State for Transport, 16th December 2014



High Speed 2 Compensation Consultation

The Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, has announced the launch of another consultation into the compensation arrangements for those affected by High Speed 2.  For details visit GOV.UK, Open Consultation: HS2 property consultation 2014.

The consultation closes on 30th September 2014.

Click here to read John Bercow's response to the compensation consultation, 18th September 2014.



Environmental Statement

The HS2 Independent Assessor has now published its summary of responses to the recent Environmental Statement.  A copy of the report is available here.


Environmental Audit Select Committee Report into HS2

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee has recently published its report into HS2 and the environment.  The Committee has recommended that the HS2 Bill Select Committee be given scope to examine the environmental impact of the project and require it to report on these impacts.  The full report is available here.



Against HS2

HS2 Committee Report

The Committee's report is available to download here.