YOUR TOP 3 FOR MARCH 2017
1 – Yes, bad news all round, HS2 has received Royal Assent on a rather gloomy day with no reaction or celebration in parliament. This interview with Vanessa on BBC London Radio sums up our reaction.
2 – 2 multi-million ££ funds have been launched to give back to the communities that face disruption and losses due to HS2. We really hope local businesses as well as groups, schools and charities will apply to these funds and help bring some benefit to the area. Read more here.
3 – Any property owners in Ruislip with a property close to the HS2 tunnel are encouraged (by us) to pre-register for a settlement deed. The details of how to do this is almost impossoble to find online so click here for our easy guide of what to do.
LORDS PETITIONS HEARINGS (2016) – Residents living close to the tunnel in Ruislip, and various groups and residents in Ickenham and Harefield have petitioned the House of Lords. The Lords have now published their report – please read here.
ZAC GOLDSMITH VISITED LOCAL RESIDENTS (April 2016) – Zac Goldsmith met HS2 actvitists from Ruislip, Ickenham and Harefield to hear their concerns first hand. He told residents about a meeting he had arranged with the Transport Secretary, This meeting has now taken place. Click here to read the press release about it.
BORIS VISIT TO RUISLIP (January 2016) – Boris Johnson MP visited residents and local businesses to hear in detail about all the issues we are still facing in the area, and how little HS2 is doing to listen to, support or respond to residents. Read more here.
PETITION (January 2016) – As we all watch the news of the floods in other parts of the country and even see flood warnings in our own borough for the River Pinn we urge you to sign and share this petition that highlights the issue of spending public money on vanity projects vs. genuinely needed projects.
ICKENHAM & HAREFIELD (January 2016) – Residents associations in Harefield and Ickenham continue to work petitioning against the seemingly never ending additional provisions. If you are directly affected or local to these impacts please get in contact and get involved.
ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS AFFECTING HILLINGDON (October 2015) – potential changes to the route design, particularly in Ickenham and Harefield have been released for consultation. Please do take a look and make your thoughts / objections known via petitioning by the 23rd of October and also via your MP.
Details on petitioning are available here and do remember that many in the area have already petitioned and would be happy to help.
View the additional provisions here.
You can also read HS2’s response to the Select Committee on the area here.
Changes include the consideration of a haul road through Ickenham.
SENIOR LABOUR FIGURES NOW POLITICIANS WHO HAVE VOTED AGAINST AND/OR QUESTIONED HS2 – Jeremy Corbyn has been vocal against HS2 and voted against it at one vote. Recent comments have been more worrying, and maybe he is being leant on a bit by those who believe it is of benefit to the North. With the latest Euston issues and further austerity maybe he will realise it isn’t “too late” to stop this train.
John McDonnell, Hayes and Harlington MP has been appointed Shadow Chancellor, and again has been vocal against HS2 fighting for his residents by asking questions in the House. He also understands the issues for the area including HOAC as well the real costs and compensation issues of mega infrastructure projects.
Tom Watson, voted Deputy Leader, has also questioned HS2 and been very sceptical.
Follow the Stop HS2 website for lots more news on these issues.
VIDEO OF HS2 ROUTE FINALLY RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC (JULY 2015) – you can watch it here and Hillingdon starts at around 11 minutes.
COLNE VALLEY TUNNEL EXTENSION REJECTED BY SELECT COMMITTEE (JULY 2015) – residents in the borough are devastated by the rejection of the extended tunnel. Since 2011 HS2 have failed to carry out a thorough fully costed tunnel comparison, the committee then rejected the tunnel as there wasn’t a convincing case. If HS2 had done the study the case would have had a chance to have been made. The impact for Ickenham, Harefield and HOAC is huge and it is important that we continue to make the case.
You can read the committee’s statement on this here.
NORTHOLT TUNNEL (IN RUISLIP) IS NOT AS DEEP AS WE WERE TOLD (1st JULY 2015) – residents in Ruislip are just finding out now that the tunnel in Ruislip is 8 to 15m higher up than we were led to believe. Most residents have believed that the tunnel was at a depth of 30m since 2012. This is what was said in the Environmental Statement. It has now transpired that the tunnel is actually about 22 to 23 metres deep. But due to errors and inconsistencies depending on which document, conversation, measurement we base it on the variance can be from 38 to 15 m deep which is really confusing.
The saddest thing is we have had a draft environmental statement consultation and events, a main environmental statement consultation, community forums and a range of other events including the recent petitioning stage at the select committee all with the community replying and engaging in relation to a tunnel at a completely different depth.
Read more here
Update – there has now been a meeting with HS2 which sadly raised more questions than it answered. We are chasing (yet again) for further answers, further clarification and so on.
PETITIONING FOR HILLINGDON FINISHED ON THE 1st JULY 2015 – you can watch back here, thank you to everyone that petitioned including Hillingdon council, HOAC, Ickenham, South Ruislip and Ruislip Resident Associations, local schools, the chamber of commerce, councillors, Nick Hurd MP, Boris Johnson MP and a range of residents.
HILLINGDON AGAINST HS2 MET WITH BORIS JOHNSON AND NICK HURD MPs (June 12th) – to discuss HOAC, petitioning and all other HS2 issues.
READ THIS RECENT ARTICLE ABOUT THE IMPACTS OF HS2 CONSTRUCTION ON THE LOCAL AREA IN GET WEST LONDON (June 12th)
Pictures from the HS2 Select Committee visit to the area in January 2015:
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.