Uxbridge and South Ruislip Hustings (10/3/2015) – see our view on what the candidates said about HS2 here.
HEATHROW SPUR WILL NOT BE BUILD IN PHASE 1 OR PHASE 2 (March) – after being put on hold in 2013 it is now official (as it gets with HS2) that the Heathrow Spurs will not be built in phase 2 either. So now all efforts to extend the tunnel, save HOAC and protect quality of life for all that live, work and travel through Hillingdon.
We urge all to push for the related works to be dropped from the hybrid bill so please get in touch with your MP about this ASAP.
Please read more details here and remember as things stand the hybrid bill includes building passive provision for the spurs (that may never be built) and that means more landtake and more construction across a wider area – until that wording is removed!
COLNE VALLEY PETITIONERS START FROM TODAY (10 MARCH 2015) – watch online at parliament tv
Statement from Hillingdon Council – (9/2/2015) – regarding use of West Ruislip depot for HS2 construction. Please see it here.
HS2 construction Petitioning Meeting – (21/01/2015) – Great turnout at The Civic Centre today for the HS2 petitioning meetings – we hope that everyone who attended found it informative and useful. For anyone who didn’t make it – or who petitioned and didn’t know about the meetings, please message us with your email address and we can forward the slides and notes to you. If you are a petitioner and haven’t already alerted us or The Council to your petition PLEASE also message us with your petition number to help us collate a comprehensive list and make sure you are included in all future support that we and Hillingdon Council will be offering. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please check our petitioning page as and when you can.
Compensation Announcement – (16/1/2015) – visit our compensation page. Take time to read this plain English summary of the announced packages. The property bond supported by most of those affected by the route was not actioned and nothing seems to have changed since the consultation last year. Residents in the tunnelled areas have no entitlement to compensation, just the measures previously announced in 2013.
Select committee visit – (15/1/2015) – the committee visited HOAC, Harefield and Ickenham and parts of Ruislip last week. There was a great turn out from local residents to how how much the impacts of HS2 are affecting peoples lives. Visit our news item, facebook group (Ruislip Against HS2) for pictures or see our twitter feed @HillingdonAHS2
Tunnel Reports – (8/1/2015) – new research supports that the Colne Valley route should be tunnelled Petitioning.
December 8th – Ruislip and Hillingdon Against HS2 met with Boris Johnson to ask him about his views on HS2 – we asked him lots of questions and let him know the local concerns about the scheme, the area and the need for him to clearly state his position. His official statement is: ” Boris Johnson, Prospective Parliamentary candidate for Uxbridge & S Ruislip recently met the leading figures in the Ruislip Against HS2 campaign. He listened to the continuing concerns about HS2’s lack of detail on the effect of any pre work and during actual construction, noting in particular the impact on West End Rd near to Ruislip Gardens. Boris said, ” I can reaffirm my opposition to this scheme unless we can be satisfied beyond doubt that any proposed mitigation builds upon the success we have already achieved by having the route tunnelled through Ruislip. Defeat the need for the Heathrow spur and the tunnel can then go beyond Harefield. My support is also conditional on a suitable direct link to HS1″. There is also an article on the Gazette website.
November 25th – coverage of HS2’s impact on Ickenham and Ruislip on BBC News
November 10th – Recent news regarding HS2 Ltd recruiting a Residents Commissioner has caused upset and concern for residents affected by the scheme… see more here
Cross Rail visit – members of Hillingdon Against HS2, requested a visit to an actual construction and tunnelling site over a year ago. In May 2014 the visit finally took place. It was very upsetting to see the scale of the construction, and the proximity to homes, some of which is similar to what will take place in Hillingdon. See the Stop HS2 article about it here.
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. Please look at this website for ideas on how you can get involved and help.We are affiliated to STOP HS2 and support the work carried out by HS2 Action Alliance. Check out and join our Ruislip group for updates and discussion, and follow us on Twitter @HillingdonAHS2.