A message from Charlotte Hewes - Community Liaison Officer for Fusion

dated 14th September 2018

Things are taking longer than we had anticipated in progressing our programme of works through HS2 Ltd for Great Missenden so we have a revised timetable on this. This timetable remains dependent on the approval process that we also need to go through with Bucks CC.

The current state of play is that we do not expect to be on site for the Haul Road works any earlier than the end of October 2018 and this is expected to be completed in April/May next year.

We will then start on Frith Hill at the beginning on November 2018 – this will take around 6 weeks. Would not want to start Link Road until Frith Hill is complete and this will then take us near enough to Christmas that we feel we can reasonably hold off on starting the works to Link Road until January 2019. This will hopefully be good news for the traders.

We may need to do some further ground investigations in Link Road and Frith Hill in the interim period but we will make sure we put up advanced signage and send out letters and emails if this is going to be the case. If we need traffic lights up to do this we will aim to limit this to off-peak hours only.

Scheme to help tourism & retail close to HS2 route

Businesses in the retail or tourism sector within 5km of the HS2 construction route in Buckinghamshire are encouraged to attend the free 'Visit Buckinghamshire Business Advisory Service' launch event on 14th September at Missenden Abbey to discover more about the support that is now on offer.

  • Date: 14th September 2018

  • Time: Registration from 9am, start 9:30am - close 11:00am with networking following the event until midday.

  • Price: Free

  • Location: Missenden Abbey, London Road, Great Missenden, HP16 0BD

For more information and to book visit the BBF website or call 01494 927130.

Learn more about the support on offer from the Visit Buckinghamshire Business Advisory Service:

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Great Missenden and Prestwood Revitalisation Group

has put forward proposals to help reduce the impact that HS2 will have on Great Missenden in the near future. Please click here to read the comments it has made to Fusion, the HS2 contractor who is carrying out the enabling works between Hillingdon and Leamington Spa - covering ecology, archeology and highways.

Latest info from HS2 - June 2018

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Never can we remember a time when our village has been so overwhelmed

with housing development schemes and a project as huge as HS2 which will affect so many aspects of our daily lives.

Dozens of volunteers are working full time just trying to cope with these pressures. Behind the scenes, many representatives from our County, District and Parish Councils are working alongside local voluntary groups, GMVA included. Meetings with HS2 Contractors, Environmental Groups, and HS2 Community officers are now becoming an almost daily occurrence.

HS2 has just launched a special COMMUNITY & ENVIRONMENT FUND. This has been created to add benefit to communities along the route who are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of HS2 from London to the West Midlands. Two funds have been launched and the total sum available is £40 million. For more information, search HS2 CEF, or use this link:

HS2 Business and Community Funds

With planned alterations to the Link Road, haul road construction, and tunnel portal work over the next several years, our community views itself as a major contender to apply for finance from this fund for a number of local projects, some of which we suggest below:

1.  A complete refurbishment of the MEMORIAL HALL and its immediate surroundings to make it brighter, more modern and more welcoming.

2.  Imaginative urban LANDSCAPING OF THE AREA AROUND THE TWO ROUNDABOUTS (from the zebra crossing near Abbeyfields up to Samways). Hampden Place (flats above Costa and Hamptons) is almost complete and is a great improvement. Now we have an opportunity to complete the task and make this entrance to the village far more attractive.

3.  There is an ambitious plan to create a traffic free GREENWAY FOR WALKERS AND CYCLISTS from Wendover to Amersham. We would like to see the development of the Wendover to Great Missenden stretch.

Other suggestions we have discussed include a special budget for routine maintenance of the village (cleaning road signs, collecting litter, bin maintenance etc.), improvements to village signs at the five entry points to the village, and an extra zebra crossing on London Road outside the Catholic Church.

What do you think of these ideas? Can you help us in any way? Do you have the skills or knowledge to help get these projects going? We need people with the energy, time and expertise to help us transform these ideas into concrete proposals for the application. If you think you can help, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing our Membership Secretary here

We look forward to hearing from you!


HS2 has launched a new website with community pages. Please click What's happening near you | High Speed 2 and then click on Bucks and Oxfordshire.

HS2 has collated an information sheet of Frequently Asked Questions, please click here to read


Great Missenden and Prestwood Revitalisation Group

has produced a community response to plans for haul road and highway changes at Great Missenden. Please click here to read in full.


March 2018 Update on HS2 work in Great Missenden Area

HS2 has deemed it necessary for some vegetation to be cleared around the A413 Great Missenden roundabout starting on 12th March to improve general visibility. They will be doing this work at this time of year and not the summer so as to minimise the risk of disturbing nesting birds.

To do this it will be necessary to close the outer roundabout lane of the A413, off peak weekday, 10am to 4pm for a maximum of two days to protect drivers from the work (as shown on the map below). This will be subject to final permissions from the County Council.

How may this affect you?

The contractors will be working hard to ensure any impacts on residents are kept to a minimum during these and all our future works.

The lane closure will only be in effect from 10am to 4pm each day to avoid peak traffic times. There will however be some delays to traffic travelling through the roundabout while these works take place.

The clearance of the vegetation will be done using agricultural machinery and hand held powered tools. These will make some operational noise. The vegetation cleared from the area will be chipped and removed from site each day out of peak times.

If you have any questions or if you would like to find out more, you can get in touch quoting reference AWNC2A001:

Write to: HS2 Helpdesk, Two Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6GA

Email: hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk Telephone: 08081 434 434

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December 2017 HS2 Enabling Work - A413 roundabout

Fusion JV, through their contractors Warner Surveys, will be carrying non-intrusive topographical surveys starting tomorrow (7th December) in the area as indicated below. 

They are likely to begin in the areas along the highway and then move into the fields. It is confirmed there should be no impact on the flow of traffic along these roads although there will be signage to say that there will be a work force on the roadside. We are awaiting confirmation of the duration of these surveys and will notify once received.

A reminder of the details for the public to use for any concerns or complaints;

Write to: HS2 Helpdesk, Two Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6GA

Email: hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

Telephone: 08081 434 434

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There is new STOP HS2 PETITION which is gathering pace

please click here to view


HS2 Update - October 2017

The Main Civil Works Contractors have been appointed for stage 1 which is to produce detailed design of the work by the end of 2019. 

There are two contractors in our area

C1: Chiltern Tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct – Align JV (Bouygues Travaux Publics, VolkerFitzpatrick, Sir Robert McAlpine)

C2: North Portal Chiltern Tunnels to Brackley – CEK JV (Carillion Construction Ltd, Eiffage Genie Civil SA, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd)

(The CEK JV involves Carillion Construction Ltd which is facing some financial difficulties at the moment and have only recently recruited staff for this venture!)

AND The HS2 Enabling Works Contractor - JV Fusion : Morgan Sindall Infrastructure BAM Nuttall Ltd and Ferrovial Agroman.

The EWC Is still carrying out investigation and survey work

Works includes:

  • Archaeology

  • Creating new habitats as part of HS2s mitigation programme

  • Ecological and Environmental Surveying

  • Some works to highways (which may include some in GM)

  • Tree Planting

  • Advanced Compound works

  • Preparatory Highways signage

  • Some utilities works (Gas, Electricity, Water etc)

Creating new habitat for protected species

Through the Central section of HS2 JV Fusion have been carrying out surveys to locate protected species such as;

  • bats (all species)

  • great crested newts

  • badgers

  • hazel or common dormice

  • water voles

  • otters

  • reptiles

New habitat is being created for these animals and in some cases the animals will be manually relocated to the sites. Two sites have been identified in the parish

One has now been received by CDC - Park Hill Ecological Mitigation Site which is earthworks comprising four ponds; three hibernacula suitable for great crested newts; two reptile basking banks and permanent timber post and rail fencing. The site is off Potter Row.

The other site is likely to be near Bury Farm, along Potter Row but its location has yet to be confirmed and a schedule 17 application has not been submitted yet

These sites require low levels of heavy vehicle access with usual numbers being no more than one or two ‘low loaders’ accessing the site at the start and end of the works and a further approx. 10 vehicle movements per day for worker vehicles

Further Ground Investigation drilling has also started in the car park of Weights and Measures on Frith Hill (South Heath Leg) and will last till 23 October.

  • A joint HS2 Parish Council Liaison Group has been set up involving Wendover, The Lee and Great Missenden PCs with The Chiltern Society. The aim is to allow local parishes directly affected to be kept up to date by the HS2 contractors on local progress and developments of the project and to provide the opportunity to feed back to HS2 Ltd and their contractors the local responses to what is planned or is happening.



Parish Council HS2 Meeting

Great Missenden Parish Council held a public information meeting on 9th June. Please click here for a copy of the presentations by Great Missenden Parish Council and Bucks County Council. GMPC showed maps with the changes to the route since 2010, the achievements of the petitioning, and detailed maps showing the portal and proposed works. BCC talked about the 'Undertakings and Assurances' received from HS2 Ltd. You might like to check out the proposals for the Link Road, the school drop off point and parking in Church Street.

HS2 sent four representatives including the engineer in charge of the tunnel. Please click here to view their presentation. Take a look at the FAQs.

Grants are available to mitigate the effects of HS2, click here to view three forms for you to make suggestions on how this money should be spent. The funds are Community and Environment, Business and Local Economy, and measures to enhance the AONB. Please take any completed forms to the Parish Council office at the Memorial Centre.


HS2 Presentation to GMVA Committee

for a report on this presentation which took place on 20th March 2017 please click here


Parish Council HS2 Working Party

To read HS2 Engagement Meeting Notes please click here