Express depot would be a ‘disaster’
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