Villagers urged to speak out on impact of HS2
Campaigners say construction traffic will only worsen HGV problems
Iver Heath Residents Association is set to give evidence to the HS2 select committee this month, and will point out their belief that a relief road is needed for the village.
People living in Iver and Iver Heath believe that the villages have become overwhelmed by HGVs travelling through the area to access nearby industrial sites and Pinewood Studios.
This is set to become worse when work begins on construction of HS2, with Iver Heath having been selected as part of the potential route for lorries to pass through when the building work is taking place.
Iver Parish Council had lobbied for a relief road to be built, which would take all HGV traffic away from the centre of the village, but this is now in doubt because of plans to relocate the Heathrow Express depot from its current site in Old Oak Common, London to nearby Langley.
It would mean that a relief road for the Ivers would not be possible, and villagers are set to explain this need to the select committee as part of the ongoing hearings in Westminster.
Last week, the committee visited Iver and Iver Heath, with people lining the streets with homemade signs expressing their views.
Iver Heath Residents Association has now implored people on its Facebook page to tell them what points they would like to be raised to the HS2 select committee at the hearing.
One of those to respond was Pam Hayman, who said: “I live in Bangors Road North which is gridlocked at rush hour with heavy traffic, including many HGVs, queuing to get to the Church Road roundabout and onward to the motorway network; the noise, pollution and vibration from HGVS undermines the quality of life in this area and it is unacceptable to have to accept a huge increase in HGV movements locally.”
Gill Chessum said: “I live in Ashford Road and have seen our village change out of all proportion in the 42 years of residence.
“The village is gridlocked twice a day during the working week now, one can only despair at the prospect of so many extra HGVs in future.
“Surely the views of village residents count for something, even in the face of big business interests; we can only hope and pray.”
The HS2 select committee is set to make recommendations to the government on any potential changes to the HS2 project later this year.