‘Depot HGVs will blight village’
A CAMPAIGN is starting to stop a rail depot being built near to a village which is already blighted by traffic issues.
South Bucks District Council is petitioning against plans for the Heathrow Express Depot to be built in Langley because of the increase in HGV movements due to the development.
People living in South Bucks are now being encouraged to make their voices heard in a petition to the government in order to put a stop to the proposals.
The HS2 hybrid bill has proposed moving the depot to Langley from its site in Old Oak Common in order to accommodate an HS2 station there.
It is planned to move the depot to Langley, with HS2 Ltd confirming that it predicts an additional 500 HGV vehicle movements would be generated during construction.
About 70 per cent of these would travel along Bangors Road South in Iver and through the village centre, with 20 per cent going through Richings Park.
There has already been a campaign in Iver to stop HGVs travelling through the village centre, and for a relief road to be in place to divert the vehicles around the village, but if the depot is built in Langley, it is unlikely this will be possible.
South Bucks District Council wants HS2 to build an alternative road link from the construction site to link with the M4 via a new bridge over the existing railway line.
Ralph Bagge, leader of South Bucks District Council said: “We are very concerned about impacts on local residents.”
He added: “This is a bad proposal for our residents and we are encouraging them to put their case through a petition to the House of Commons.”
People can submit petitions to the clerk at the House of Commons by Friday, August 14 or they can drop them off to Jen Griffin at the South Bucks District Council offices in Oxford Road Denham, who will then forward them on.
If residents take that option, their petition must be with the council by Wednesday, August 12.
Petitioners must pay a fee of £20 when submitting their petitions, with cheques made payable to GBS; re HoC: Administration and marked HS2 on the back.