There isn’t even a real con­nec­tion be­tween HS1 and HS2”

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con­struc­tion at its high­est level in 40 years.

He quoted some fas­ci­nat­ing sta­tis­tics to back up Hilling­don’s com­mer­cial acu­men – light sabers are man­u­fac­tured here by HAS­BRO in Uxbridge – and bus stops are made by True Form of Hayes and ex­ported to Las Vegas.

As­sem­bly mem­bers and Boris re­stated their op­po­si­tion to Heathrow ex­pan­sion on en­vi­ron­men­tal and noise grounds and Lib­eral Demo­crat Caro­line Pid­geon rec­om­mended Gatwick, Lu­ton and Stansted be looked at as vi­able al­ter­na­tives.

On the pro­posed HS2 high speed rail­way line through Hilling­don bor­ough, there was agree­ment that the project was bad for Lon­don.

Jenny Jones AM (Green Party) said it was a waste of money just “to save 20 min­utes off the train jour­ney to Birm­ing­ham” adding that busi­ness­men and women could spend the time work­ing on the train any­way. Mayor John­son said: “The mit­i­ga­tion is not good enough and there isn’t even a real con­nec­tion be­tween HS1 and HS2. If you wanted to travel from Birm­ing­ham to Paris, you’d have to get off in Lon­don. Walk a mile. Then get an­other train at Strat­ford In­ter­na­tional to Paris.”

Boris stated that crime had fallen by 50 per cent since he be­came Mayor in 2008 and, while he ac­cepts that hate crimes have risen, he at­trib­uted this to more re­port­ing of them by vic­tims.

The next Peo­ple’s Ques­tion Time will be in Croy­don on March 10 next year.

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