Ex­press de­pot would be a ‘dis­as­ter’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A PE­TI­TION has been de­liv­ered to Par­lia­ment protest­ing against mov­ing the Heathrow Ex­press rail­way de­pot close to South Bucks.

Iver Parish Coun­cil took its pe­ti­tion to Westminster on Thurs­day, Au­gust 13 which sets out their ar­gu­ment against the con­tro­ver­sial plans.

HS2 Ltd is keen for the de­pot to be moved to Langley from its cur­rent site in Old Oak Com­mon, to al­low that site to be used by HS2.

This has led to con­cern in Iver af­ter HS2 Ltd con­firmed that by do­ing this it would cre­ate an ad­di­tional 500 HGV ve­hi­cel move­ments dur­ing the two year con­struc­tion pe­riod, 70 per cent of which would travel along Ban­gors Road South and through Iver vil­lage, 20 per cent through Rich­ings Park and 10 per cent through Langley.

The parish coun­cil wants HS2 to build an al­ter­na­tive road link from the con­struc­tion site to link with the M4 via a bridge over the rail­way in or­der to cut down the HGV move­ments in the area.

The plans also mean that the parish coun­cil’s pro­pos­als to put in a re­lief road in or­der to al­le­vi­ate an ex­ist­ing prob­lems with HGVs pass­ing through the vil­lage would be im­pos­si­ble, be­cause of the planned lo­ca­tion of the new Heathrow Ex­press de­pot.

Parish coun­cil chair­man Wendy Matthews said: “It’s a very im­por­tant is­sue, and we want to do what we can to lessen the amount of HGVs com­ing through Iver.

“It would be a dis­as­ter for hun­dreds more to be pass­ing through here. There is al­ready a sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem with HGVs pass­ing through Iver as it is, so we need to try and make it un­der­stood how se­ri­ous the prob­lem will be.”

Hs2 will bring a bill to Par­lia­ment in its next ses­sion which will then be re­ferred to a se­lect com­mit­tee, which will give in­di­vid­u­als and bod­ies af­fected by the bill the op­por­tu­nity to ob­ject to its pro­vi­sions and to seek an amend­ment.

PE­TI­TION­ERS: Cllr. Carol Gib­son, Cllr Jilly Jor­dan , Cllr. Paul Grif­fin , Ann Mayling and Cllr Wendy Matthews (Iver Parish Coun­cil) with the rail

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