addition of construction traffic and past green fields that could be home to dumped spoil.
The committee’s last few stops were in Ruislip, at the point of the tunnel portal near to West Ruislip station, and along a route to Ruislip High Street, which is threatened by the addition of HGVs during the seven-year construction of the line.
The select committee was joined by local Conservative MPs John Randall (Uxbridge) and Nick Hurd (Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner), campaigners from the separate Hillingdon Against HS2 groups and concerned residents and conservationists as they stopped off at each site.
Robert Syms MP for Poole, chairman of the committee, said: “It is incredibly helpful to come and look and hear from local people, to give them the opportunity to show us what impact the railway will have on their community.
“It is a beautiful area and actually coming here and seeing these sites gives us a huge insight so that when we meet petitioners at committee we know the places they are talking about instead of just looking at maps.”
Anti-HS2 signs, posters and people holding placards lined the committee’s bus route, the community pulling together to show the extent of what could be lost if HS2 is built.
Ron Ryall, who lives at Dews Farm, in Harefield, the former home of Victoria Cross hero Cecil John Kinross, for whom a It is incredibly
helpful to come and look and hear from
blue plaque is positioned on the front of his farmhouse, will lose his home if the rail project goes ahead.
“We have been here for 100 years,” he said.
“Four generations of my family have lived in the farmhouse. It has taken me 10 years to refurbish it and the next moment I am being told they will take the house and find me a similar alternative to live.
“What could possibly be a similar to all of this?” he added.
Mr Hurd said: “This visit is very important because this is the committee that has some power to make changes to HS2. What we are pushing on them is the case for extending the tunnel under the Colne Valley so that we save places like HOAC and take away the impact on the area. It’s much more important to come and see it for themselves and listen to how passionately people feel about saving these places.”