Al­ter­na­tive mooted to avoid haul road plan

Pro­posal to save money, traf­fic and golf course

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

MORE than 150 Ick­en­ham res­i­dents have signed a pe­ti­tion against a pro­posed high speed rail haul road.

HS2 an­nounced the £25mil­lion haul road, which cuts through Uxbridge Golf Course, and sig­nal­i­sa­tion of Swakeleys round­about to ‘pro­vide mit­i­ga­tion of the traf­fic im­pact in Ick­en­ham re­sult­ing from the scheme’.

Mem­bers of the The Drive and Hare­field Place Es­tate Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion will pro­pose an al­ter­na­tive route for the road, ar­gu­ing HS2’s cur­rent so­lu­tion will cause ‘traf­fic chaos’.

Hans Rader, who lives in High­field Drive, off The Drive, is con­cerned about the noise and air pol­lu­tion that will be pro­duced.

He said: “The main is­sue is that they want two-way traf­fic go­ing in and out for heavy lor­ries and to put traf­fic lights on the round­about to fa­cil­i­tate that.

“Of course, there’ll be com­plete traf­fic chaos. The se­cond is­sue is that all those lor­ries are com­ing up a very steep hill from the golf course to join the A40, cre­at­ing air pol­lu­tion and noise pol­lu­tion, and it also goes through an area of sci­en­tific in­ter­est.”

HS2’s pro­posed haul road will con­nect with the east­bound slip road ad­ja­cent to the A40 at Swakeleys Road round­about, pass par­al­lel to The Drive, Ick­en­ham, with the north­ern sec­tion cut­ting through Uxbridge Golf Course and land to the west of Harvil Road.

But Mr Rader be­lieves the rail­way should make use of an ex­ist­ing ‘skip lane’ in­stead.

He said: “This will be cheaper to utilise. It used to be a rail­way line that fin­ished up in Uxbridge sta­tion near the high road and the track still runs all the way down to the High Street and could even be ex­tended as a road to Uxbridge all the way from Harvil Road.

“HS2 want to re­move the whole road again at the end of the ex­er­cise in nine years time. We want to have a per­ma­nent by­pass as a re­sult of it which is fur­ther away from The Drive and pro­vides per­ma­nent ac­cess in fu­ture to the A40.”

Mr Rader is one of 158 peo­ple to sign a pe­ti­tion who live in The Drive, High­field Drive, and other parts of the Hare­field Place es­tate in­clud­ing houses by the golf course.

Bob Birch, vice-chair of the res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion, said: “If we don’t do this, we’ll have traf­fic chaos in Ick­en­ham for the next seven to nine years.

“We’ll also lose ameni­ties such as Uxbridge Golf Course and there’ll be safety is­sues – not only from pol­lu­tion but from noise.

“They’re talk­ing about mov­ing 1,480 lor­ries a day through Swakeleys round­about and 1.2 mil­lion tuns of ma­te­ri­als over seven years and they’re talk­ing about spend­ing £25m on putting a con­crete haul road down and then rip­ping the thing up af­ter nine years, which seems an aw­ful waste of tax­pay­ers’ money.”

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