Vil­lagers urged to speak out on im­pact of HS2

Cam­paign­ers say con­struc­tion traf­fic will only worsen HGV prob­lems

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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