Back­track on HS2 be­fore it’s too late

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - NAME SUP­PLIED Via email

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.

How wor­ry­ing.

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