A special interest group within the conservative party called the Conservative Transport Group has submitted an alternative route for HS2 via the Chiltern Line and Through High Wycombe.
It said HS2 should interchange with Heathrow at Iver rather than Old Oak Common in London, which is 12km further East.
This route was considered and rejected early on by the HS2 planners.
The group has said pressure from local constituents was a huge political issue for Conservatives, with Tory ministers and MPs on the route of HS2 were ’under siege’ from new opposition movements, whose members had traditionally made large contributions to local Conservative Associations. So instead take it on a route where far more conservative voters in Beaconsfield and High Wycombe will object – especially given the very large scale demolition that will be needed – very sensible.
Edited: The TSG has a wider membership than MPS, although MPs along the preferred route have backed it.