If the Chilterns can do it so can we!

At the same time she moved to soothe critics of the controversial scheme, which would see trains hurtling through the countryside at speeds of up to 250 mph, by announcing a series of new tunnels which are designed to minimise the scheme's environmental impact. 

As a result of the changes only 1.2 miles of the line through the Chilterns will be above ground, the rest of the track will either be in tunnels or deep cuttings. Originally it had been envisaged that part of the route would be on viaducts. 

"The changes mean that more than half the route will now be mitigated by tunnel or cutting and there will also be a reduction in the impacts on people, communities, ancient woodlands and heritage sites," said the Transport Secretary. 

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