October 1st - THANK YOU to everyone who has responded to the consultation. We hope for a large number of responses from Hillingdon as usual.
We have also completed a response as an action group which you can read here.
There is lots of news today in the press about Richard Barnes (previously Conservative – Deputy Mayor of London and local Councillor) announcing his defection to UKIP. He cited his main reason for defecting to be to oppose HS2. Other recent political activity has included Boris Johnson being selected as the Uxbridge and South Ruislip Conservative candidate on September 12th – read more here. We have also met with the Labour PPC and hope to meet with Boris soon. We will continue to keep HS2 on everyone’s agenda!
26th June 2014 – new maps have been released today showing the updated safeguarding areas (the 3rd set so far) – view them here
Petitioning update - If you have submitted a petition to be heard by the HS2 Select Committee please get in touch and let us know. Before petitions are heard we will be holding meetings to help everyone prepare their evidence with input and advice from Hillingdon Council. We don’t yet know when London petitioners will be called onand we had expected it would be early next year. However the Select Committee have indicated that they may move London petitions forward ,so it’s best to be prepared early! We should however be given at least 4 weeks notice – but do let us know about your petitions.
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.
Compensation – in early 2014 the government announced the outcome of the re-run of the compensation consultation. The main impact for Hillingdon is that the rural compensation line has been moved in to West Ruislip, this is good news but we feel that compensation is still inadequate.
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.
Check out and join our Ruislip group for updates and discussion, and follow us on Twitter @HillingdonAHS2.