Busi­ness lead­ers wel­come news

Hope high speed train will im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity and com­mer­cial links with the rest of the coun­try,

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Last week, the multi­bil­lion pound train project was granted Royal As­sent, mean­ing con­struc­tion is ex­pected to start soon.

West Lon­don Busi­ness has wel­comed the in­vest­ment in­fra­struc­ture that will con­nect that area of the cap­i­tal with the rest of the UK.

An­drew Dak­ers, chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “We wel­come Par­lia­ment’s back­ing for HS2.

“This is a hugely sig­nifi- cant in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture that will in­crease rail ca­pac­ity in the UK, speed­ing up West Lon­don’s con­nec­tiv­ity with the rest of the coun­try.”

Park Royal Busi­ness Group (PRBG) has high­lighted the need for HS2 to ac­cel­er­ate its work with busi­nesses im­pacted by land ac­qui­si­tion in Park Royal to en­sure they are suc­cess­fully re­lo­cated and do not close.

Jane Mil­ton, chair of PRBG, said: “The sig­nif­i­cant dis­rup­tion that will be caused dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase must not be for­got­ten.

“On Park Royal’s eastern edge where al­most 75 busi­nesses will have to be re­lo­cated, many through a Com­pul­sory Pur­chase Or­der of land process, we will con­tinue to work closely with HS2 and the Old Oak & Park Royal De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (OPDC) to sup­port the busi­nesses through the tran­si­tion and min­imise the neg­a­tive im­pacts.

“With Royal As­sent granted we hope HS2 will be able to ac­cel­er­ate their en­gage­ment with the busi­nesses and con­tinue to use PRBG as a con­duit to reach busi­nesses where re­quired.

“Above all HS2 must do ev­ery­thing in their power to avoid the clo­sure of any of these busi­nesses and keep them in the area where pos­si­ble.

“Con­struc­tion will also im­pact on West Lon­don’s road net­work ca­pac­ity, so here PRBG will work closely with HS2, OPDC and Trans­port for Lon­don to en­sure that the tim­ing of ve­hi­cle move­ments fol­lows best prac­tice.”

Writ­ing on the lo­cal Bucks Facebook page Barn­aby Jay Fox said: “The only ma­jor coun­try with­out high speed rail – it’s needed.

“A quick link to the north­ern cities from Lon­don will breathe new life into them. Don’t see Ja­pan, France or any­where else hav­ing ‘ru­ined coun­try­side’.”

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