Kingfishers, glow worms, haulage?
ICKENHAM residents are proposing an alternative route using the old Uxbridge/Denham railway track, 200m west of HS2’s proposed haul road.
Following the railway’s closure in 1964 the track was left to become a nature reserve and is now covered in mature woodland, home to mammals, birds and insect life, including rare glow worms.
It passes through Denham Lock Wood, where the lakes are populated by many bird species, an area popular with anglers and walkers, then on through Frays Farm Meadows, a unique wetland reserve, a site of special scientific interest supporting endangered and rare species, including water voles.
All the way to Uxbridge the old railway follows the Frays River and is a beautiful tranquil area where herons, kingfishers and waterfowl abound.
Ickenham Residents are right to challenge HS2’s proposal but moving the haul road onto the railway will cause irreparable damage to the beautiful areas of the old railway track, Frays River, meadows and lakes, and destroy amenities enjoyed by many residents of the area.
It will bisect the SSSI preventing movement of wildlife and the London Wildlife Trust who look after the area.
1,400 heavy lorries using a haul road through a nature reserve every day will destroy all this forever.
HS2 says that taking the spoil away using the Chiltern railway line, which runs past this site, is too expensive and intend spending £25m making the haul road to the A40.
Surely this is a proposal which should be re-examined and a way found to prevent horrendous damage to our countryside.
Ickenham Residents’ Association already has large areas of natural
beauty and interest which will be destroyed by the proposed HS2. Do we really want to add another one? HELEN COPE Frays Farm,