Cross­rail chaos should be a warn­ing to HS2

Rail project caus­ing Iver dis­rup­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

A RAIL project which has caused dis­rup­tion in a vil­lage is be­ing seen as a warn­ing for the con­struc­tion of HS2.

Since last year, work has been car­ried out in and around Iver to put in place the Cross­rail net­work, a new rail sys­tem aimed at cre­at­ing bet­ter rail links from the East to the West of London, and de­creas­ing travel time across the cap­i­tal.

Iver is one of the sta­tions in­cluded on the Cross­rail link but in or­der for the new line to be built, roads are be­ing closed and al­tered, and a new bridge is be­ing put in place.

The work has so far caused noise and dis­tur­bances for peo­ple liv­ing in the vil­lage, and the chair­man of the parish coun­cil says that HS2 Ltd should look at the sit­u­a­tion there and learn from it in or­der to en­sure that the con­struc­tion of HS2 through Bucks does not lead to the same is­sues.

She said: “It’s caused a lot of noise, and work takes place at night some­times, which dis­turbs peo­ple.

“We’re hop­ing that it won’t con­tinue for much longer. There was even work go­ing on on Christ­mas Day and Box­ing Day, which was also caus­ing a lot of noise, so it’s quite re­lent­less at the mo­ment.

“The other prob­lem is that it could have been han­dled a lot bet­ter. We don’t feel that we’ve been ad­e­quately con­sulted or kept in the loop about this.

“HS2 and other rail projects should look at our sit­u­a­tion and try to im­prove on it.”

She added: “We’re not anti Cross­rail at all. We do want it to hap­pen, and it’s go­ing to be fan­tas­tic for Iver when it’s all up and run­ning. We’re lucky that Iver is on the route. We just feel that this phase of the de­vel­op­ment could have been han­dled bet­ter, to make it eas­ier for the peo­ple liv­ing here.”

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