HS2 is giving villagers in Greatworth access to a minibus service as compensation for the impact of construction works

The work will have an impact on local traffic routes so HS2 hopes the minibus service will benefit all residents and help overcome local difficulties

By Philip Hibble
Friday, 30th October 2020, 1:56 pm
Updated Friday, 30th October 2020, 1:59 pm
The HS2 line will run from London and Birmingham.
The HS2 line will run from London and Birmingham.

HS2 bosses are giving villagers in Greatworth access to a 16-seater community minibus as compensation for the impact of construction works for the high speed rail line.

The village is close to the new HS2 line - so the HS2 Community and Environment Fund has awarded the Greatworth Community Transport Association £75,000 to lease the minibus for three years during the main construction works.

Many villagers have campaigned against HS2. The parish council signed a letter describing it as a 'white elephant'. which is backed by many other Banburyshire villages.

Construction in the area will have an impact on local traffic routes so HS2 bosses said they hope the minibus service will benefit all residents and help overcome local difficulties. It will be equipped for disabled access with a wheelchair lift.

The service will include twice weekly run into nearby Brackley with access doctors, dentists, shops and other local services.

A number of village clubs and groups have indicated that they will use the minibus, as well as the local primary school and preschool.

Richard Edwards, Chairman of the Greatworth Transport Association, said: "The Greatworth Community Transport Association (GCTA) are absolutely delighted that our application to the HS2 Community and Environment Fund has been successful.

"The GCTA which is a charity is made up of volunteers from the village who have worked extremely hard for a long time to achieve this award.”

“The construction phase of HS2 will be a challenge for our village but the introduction of a community minibus will enhance opportunities for all age groups. We feel it will bring us closer together making us a much stronger, vibrant, greener and cohesive community."