HS2: Boris meets to discuss high speed rail concerns
Campaigners air their grievances during his visit
BORIS Johnson had a tour of Ruislip to see for himself the effects HS2 will have on residents.
The Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP, joined by Hillingdon councillors, met campaigners against the high-speed rail link on Friday, January 8.
Householders in Herlwyn Avenue, Lawn Close, Almond Close, Roundways and West End Road had a chance to put their concerns forward to their local MP, who is in his final months as London mayor.
Lottie Jones of Hillingdon Against HS2, said: “We discussed the effect of not being able to achieve the much-needed mitigation of an extended tunnel through Hillingdon and the Colne Valley.
“We went through various maps to help put the problems into perspective and we felt he very much understood the frustration we still face with HS2 Ltd’s illogical planning.”
Mr Johnson was told HS2 has ‘misled residents’ about the depth of the tunnel and met traders who told him of their worries that utility works would affect their businesses.
HS2 has allocated £30million for a community fund for the whole route which campaigners say will go ‘nowhere’.
Mrs Jones added: “How do you quantify the loss from a huge park to a little shop? We’re trying to persuade Boris to claim from a specific Hillingdon pot to help people – then it can be allocated where it’s needed.
“He said he can get behind us on that.”
At the next stop, the group showed Boris the problems that the utility works could cause to the park and green space ‘Banana Park’ and highlighted the flooding that often occurs under the bridges at West End Road and Bridgewater Road.
Boris said: “If the government insists on pressing ahead with what is now generally considered to be the wrong route for HS2 then much more needs to be done to mitigate the effects on residents and businesses. Frankly, HS2’s approach to the delivery of this project is woefully inadequate.”
Hillingdon Council leader Ray Puddifoot, who accompanied Mr Johnson, called the HS2 project ‘a terrible waste of money’, but added: “Boris Johnson will put the needs and concerns of the people above this absolute folly.”
n DISCUSSION: Boris Johnson met Stop HS2 campaigners in Ruislip last week Photos by Alistair Wilson www.buyaphototms.co.uk