Backtrack on HS2 before it’s too late
Open letter to Nick Hurd, MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner. HAVING read the article in the Uxbridge Gazette dated February 3, stating that HS2 has been given March orders, I sincerely hope that those in Parliament who will make the decision take another look at the economic feasibility and the effects of the project.
To dismiss the concerns of the local people and businesses who will be adversely affected without any benefit post operation is at best naive and suggests they are looking at the project through rose tinted glasses.
Unless those in power live in the Ickenham, Harefield, Ruislip and South Buckinghamshire areas, they cannot appreciate the huge problems and massive disruption HS2 will cause to everyday life.
Over the past year, the area has already seen a huge increase in lorry traffic, causing noise, congestion and pollution every day for six and a half days out of seven.
There has already been an increase in fatal road accidents in the area, the most recent being in February on Harvil Road (one fatality) and another on the A40 between Junction 1A and 1 (one fatality).
This is before these roads are carrying the massive levels of lorry traffic that the construction of HS2 will generate.
Living on one of the major construction routes for HS2, I openly extend an invite to anyone in parliament, including Mr Cameron, to visit me for an afternoon and sit in my living room to see what we locals already experience.
Maybe then they would have a better understanding and empathy with the local concerns HS2 generates.
It is even more worrying that parliament feels it is sound economics to build HS2 at the cost of more than £80 billion when the country needs better counter terrorism measures, investment in border controls, development of flood defences, not to mention bigger budgets for the building of homes, schools, hospital, care and other public services.
I guess to those making the decision it is more beneficial to save 20 minutes on a rail journey where the existing service is already good and the locals affected by it will not be able to use it.