Crossrail chaos should be a warning to HS2
Rail project causing Iver disruption
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.”