High-speed Rail

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:35 am on 8th December 2009.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Secretary of State (Justice) 11:35 am, 8th December 2009

My hon. Friend is making all the points that I would seek to make if I had time to speak. Does he agree that the project affects not only the Chilterns but, on one showing, the edge of London through the Colne valley regional park? One of the proposed schemes envisages building a Heathrow airport terminal, culverting the Colne along a section of its length and driving the railway line through the heart of the park, which has long been regarded as a key lung of considerable biodiversity on the edge of London. Those things will also have to be factored in-I will be interested to hear the Minister's response-if that is indeed going to be the preferred route.