There is too much going on for most people to keep up so here is a top 5 for you of what you need to know
1 – Hillingdon residents played a big part in the Stop Hs2 Lobby Day in Westminster on the 25th of November which around 500 people attended.
2 – You have until 4th December to reply to the compensation consultation, get one of our freepost postcards from your local library. Find out more here.
3 – The HS2 hybrid bill has been deposited in Parliament. Those directly affected have received (in our view) rather daunting letters from the government and HS2 Ltd. this week (just part of this is here). It is important that those affected raise concerns with MPs and get in touch with us for info on meetings and so on. Some scary reading about the powers of this bill here. We will keep posting info as we receive it.
Our key advice at this stage is – get involved, respond to the environmental statement consultation, and lodge a petition. Then you can negotiate with HS2 for improvements to the scheme. Your Residents Association, Councillors, MPs and us are all here to help.
4 – The HS2 Environmental Statement has been released and you have 8 weeks to make your comments to improve/change the plans. It appears that HS2 are not bothering to hold a consultation event locally this time.
A document to help understand the statement is available here.
Copies are available to order and you can view copies in South Ruislip, Ickenham and Harefield libraries.
They have also released the results of the Draft Env Statement, again they did not bother to notify us but the results are available here.
5 – The government has released it’s decision on compensation/assurances for tunnelled areas – HS2 has not bothered to contact us to let us know but we found this link here. Other information on tunnels can be found on our tunnel pages.
Read our previous news stories here.
Hillingdon Against HS2 is working to save our local communities from the devastation and disruption the High Speed Rail 2 project could create. The government wants to use at least £42 billion of your money to build a new high speed rail line from London Euston non-stop to Birmingham and beyond. That is £42,000,000,000!!! This price DOES NOT include the trains!!
There is still lots to be done to overturn the HS2 proposals and we still need your help.
There is a never-ending source of stories on HS2 in the media on our facebook page, please join in to keep up to date.
The biggest infrastructure project in the UK, and the most expensive railway in the world, HS2 will hurtle through parts of Ruislip, Ickenham and Harefield at speeds of up to 300kph, causing residents loss of properties, businesses and leisure facilities. A link to Heathrow in phase 2 of the HS2 project may wreak further chaos and devastation on our borough, particularly South of the A40. It could mean up to 10 years of construction work, and local residents will be effectively living in a huge building site during this time.
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