For some time I'd been wondering about how to mark the arrival of HS2.
Thirty years ago I watched the construction of the M40 slowly gouge a channel through the landscape around Banbury. But, even after the initial scars had softened with the growth of new vegetation, the effects took time to perceive. Problem is, without having kept a 'record' the scene before, it was difficult to properly demonstrate the effects after.
In this section of the Banburyshire Rambles Photo-Journal I am going to collect together photographs along the route of HS2 before construction begins. These will, I hope, give a sense of what the landscape was like before, so that we may more accurately consider the impact after.
Over the last four decades my 'local' ramblings have taken me from the Chilterns up to the edge of Birmingham and Coventry. Coincidentally, the route of HS2.
That's also why, when I look at the map of the route, I have an idea of the impacts that HS2 might have upon the landscape – and where I should go to take some representative photographs to show that impact.
As I walk across this area I'll pick out a few representative scenes. Some will be large landscapes that the track will cut through. Others will be a close-up microcosm – a small unique piece of the countryside that will be irrevocably changed as a result of the construction project.
And please, if you like the look of these places, go and walk there! This is, after all, 'your last chance to see' before they are changed forever.