Se­lect few make their feel­ings known on HS2

Group protest to vis­it­ing MPs about con­tro­ver­sial high speed rail link

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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