Business leaders welcome news
Hope high speed train will improve connectivity and commercial links with the rest of the country,
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’.”