HS2 traf­fic im­pact is ‘un­clear’ to res­i­dents

MP ‘ex­as­per­ated’ by lack of knowl­edge shared

Harefield Gazette - - A-LEVEL RESULTS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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