Select few make their feelings known on HS2
Group protest to visiting MPs about controversial high speed rail link
The HS2 select committee, made up of MPs from different political parties, visited Iver, Richings Park, Langley and parts of Slough on Monday, January 11, to look at the impact the controversial rail scheme will have on the area.
There are plans in place to move the Heathrow Express depot from its current site in Old Oak Common, in London, in order to make way for HS2.
If this happens, it would mean that a potential relief road for Iver, which would divert HGVs away from the village, could not be built.
Iver has long suffered from HGVs being driven through the village to access nearby industrial sites.
On Monday, people took to the streets to make their views known to the committee and were joined by MP Dominic Grieve.
The group visited sites including Iver village centre, the Thorney Mill Industrial Estate, and Richings Park, where construction of the Crossrail project is taking place.
Wendy Matthews, chairman of Iver Parish Council, said: “The relief road is very important to Iver. This village has suffered for a long time with the amount of HGVs heading through here.
“It is dangerous, for other road users and pedestrians. They are far too big to be travelling through Iver, and it has a massive impact on the area. That’s why we need the relief road – it’s incredibly important for the future of Iver.”
The select committee has been visiting sites through the whole of the first phase of the HS2 route and over the past year has made trips to the Colne Valley, Amersham, Chesham, Wendover and Aylesbury Vale.
It is also in the process of hearing petitions from people who are affected by the project, and will later this year make recommendations to the government on what should be changed about the line before work starts.