In almost 20 years as the MP for Chesham and Amersham, I have never known an issue that has caused as many hostile letters and emails as the current HS2 proposals, so there was a sense of relief when I sent in the Chesham and Amersham submission on 29 July.
The submission has been the focus of attention for many months. While it is possible to say how many people have contacted me and my staff, it would be totally impossible to say how many hours have gone in to meetings, discussions, marshalling facts and evidence, writing reports and assembling the vast quantity of information to respond to constituents and to provide the evidence that formed the submission.
Many people have been living day and night with this proposal. I and my team are all grateful to the constituents who have also been working with unremitting toil, as individuals and as members of local organisations, to commit their views to the consultation. I am especially grateful to the councillors, parish, district and county, who have also worked so hard.
In particular I want to thank all of my constituents who sent emails and letters, visited my surgeries and copied their submissions and research work to me. The process is not over now, because some constituents have raised queries which were not resolved during the consultation process. HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport can still be asked to answer those enquiries which remain outstanding.