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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

lo­cal peo­ple”

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.”

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