HS2 traffic impact is ‘unclear’ to residents
MP ‘exasperated’ by lack of knowledge shared
PEOPLE in Ruislip may still be unaware of how they will be affected by HS2 traffic.
A route to and from a Harefield construction site, avoiding the low bridge in Breakspear Road South, involves over-sized vehicles travelling from the A40 via Ladygate Lane to join Breakspear Road South.
The proposed use by HGVs of the centre of Ruislip was hidden when HS2 first included it in the full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), because the maps and accompanying text referred to the High Street and Bury Street as ‘the A4180’.
Therefore, when asked at last winter’s community forums if the Ruislip roads would be used as a route, HS2 told residents that they would not.
Some neighbours are still unaware these roads will be used by HS2 during construction of the line and the number of lorries that will use the route remains unclear, despite months of questions from local campaign groups and MPs.
HS2 contradicted its earlier reassurances recently by writing to Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner MP Nick Hurd, confirming a key map in the EIS was labelled incorrectly.
Mr Hurd said: “I am totally exasperated by this shambles.
“Residents have every right to know what HS2 means for traffic on these key roads.
“It is staggering to me that an organisation being trusted with so much public money could be this incompetent.”
An HS2 Ltd spokesman said: “The Bury Street route may be used, but only under exceptional circumstances and so infrequently that no local impacts are expected. All reasonable practicable measures will be taken to avoid the use of this route and we will work closely with the appropriate highway authorities to manage increases in traffic from the construction of this much-needed new rail line.”