‘De­pot HGVs will blight vil­lage’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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