Welcome to Hillingdon Against HS2

2nd November 2018  – you may have read about the many tree saplings that have died on HS2 sites locally, you can read about our visit to one of the local HS2 ecological mitigation sites here

6th September 2018 – Here are the dates for the HS2 Community Engagement Team drop-ins. (Please note these are run by staff and representatives of HS2):


Friday 16, Harefield library, 1pm to 5pm

Monday 19, Ruislip Manor library, 4pm to 8pm

Monday 26, Ickenham library, 1.30pm to 5pm


Monday 3, Harefield library, 6pm to 9pm

Tuesday 11, Ruislip Manor, 1pm to 5pm

Please do go along and ask them questions and ask for written information about how HS2 will affect you now and in the future. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

8th August 2018 – Please read our report on the results of our residents survey

13th July 2018 – Please read our report on a recent visit to the HS2 Cadent site on Harvil Road, Harefield.

28th March 2018 – Many residents attended events to find out more and to have their say on the design and impacts of the Colne Valley viaduct. We expect to see events planned to communicate the findings.

20th March 2018 – Our reaction to the recent news about the Prehistoric Coastline found under our streets – click here

25th January 2018 – read our statement on the Colne Valley viaduct here

19th January 2018 – today HS2 released the first image of the Colne Valley viaduct

They suggest that there will now be discussions with local communities about it. Up till now the local community has not been involved despite this being a main point of “discussion” since 2011. Today they thanked the local community for help. We haven’t had a chance to give any help so feel this is misleading. HS2 have apologised but are yet to alter Facebook or twitter and if this was mentioned in press releases etc it is now too late.

Hillingdon Against HS2 are still very much active but our remit has changed.
In order that we we can engage with HS2 Ltd. and their contractors in a productive way, we have decided we will now be representing you by becoming known as HIllingdon HS2 Resident Support Group in conjunction with our work with Hillingdon Council and local Resident Associations. We continue to be an active part of Stop HS2 and the national campaign.

7th November update from HS2 on Harvil Road site – read here

There is a new HS2 in Hillingdon website (owned and updated by HS2 Ltd.), designed to give residents up to date information about what is happening locally. Please visit the site, make any comments and sign up for updates here

HS2 has a new freephone number for enquiries – it is 08081 434 434. Please use this to ask for any information or to check anything at all. If you wish to share any information or any issues you encounter using the enquiry line, please contact us or share on our Facebook group.

The agreement between HS2 Ltd. & the London Borough of Hillingdon has been agreed and published on the council’s website. You can read it here. This means amongst other things that HOAC has a future, with Hillingdon Council taking control of the relocation to it’s new site in Denham.

There are ongoing works at Harvil Road causing controversy and attracting protestors. Here is the letter regarding Harvil Road works from HS2 Ltd which explains what work was planned for the site. We know many of you have serious concerns about this site and the ecological impact so we suggest you contact Nick Hurd MP with your views and concerns.

HS2 Ltd. have updated us on ground investigation works that that are happening or due to happen locally; visit their website for more information including dates and locations near you. We expect to see work happening on –

  • Harvil Road
  • West End Road
  • Bridgewater Road
  • Long Drive
  • Station Approach
  • Lawn Close
  • Herlwyn Ave
  • Ickenham High Road – West Ruislip

Use this link to see the latest HS2 updates from Hillingdon Council

Read our previous news stories here.

What you can do to stop HS2

We are affiliated to STOP HS2 and support the work carried out by HS2 Action Alliance. Check out and join our group for updates and discussion, and follow us on Twitter @HillingdonAHS2.

21 Responses to Welcome to Hillingdon Against HS2

  1. Andy says:

    I would like to know how the HS2 project is viable given the Agenda 21 policies now in place in respect of sustainable development. Surely HS2 does not fit in with Agenda 21?

    • Sadly some people would say it is part of Agenda 21, although we agree what HS2 and the DfT class as sustainable is not what we would call sustainable.

      • Andy says:

        Many thanks for the reply. I believe you maybe right. The removal of housing obviously removes the people, which is their goal. HS2 is another means to and end. If they wanted to improve the economy of the country they could spend 32 billion pounds on creating cheaper cleaner energy for us all.

    • Julia Deals says:

      My understanding of Agenda 21 leads me to think that HS2 is totally in keeping with it……and therefore should be avoided at all costs.Agenda 21 does not appeal to me at all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5dvBHTwW4o

  2. I have been on benefits since 1990*
    following a brain-heamorrrhage*
    as one of the so called scroungers!
    I object to the way money is wasted*
    when it could be used for an ageing population!
    the coalition knows there is a care-crisis looming*
    yet are happy to sit back and watch*
    bring back Maggie!
    she had compassion*
    this lot could not even spell it*

  3. A concerned resident says:

    What is the impact going to be on current and future generations in this locality. Just think about a pupil going to Ruislip High School. A new school funded and built a few years ago and here we are wondering whether pupils are going to be sitting in noisy vibrating classrooms, or are going to have to walk to school through muck churned out on the roadside by dirty lorries, as we saw with the lorries using Lime Trees over the past couple of years. If you go to the centre of London you will see Victoria Station is being enlarged – much of it underground but the inconvenience from the construction over ground as part of that is significant. HOAC – a fantastic environment for people in the local and wider community to enjoy a range of healthy sports – just the sort of thing which the 2012 Olympics Committee hoped would be the legacy of the Olympics – sport for all, a healthier society. Where is the detail ? I took a business trip to Birmingham a couple of weeks ago. I went from Watford Junction to Birmingham. Watford – 20 minutes from here – and the train journey took 1 hour 5 mins which is a perfectly reasonable amount of time for a business journey. Many businesses and organisations conduct meetings city to city via video or telephone conferencing anyway. What would be the cost of travelling on a new train service which has cost so much to develop? The cost of my trip was around £ 70.00 return and even that is not a reasonable cost for most ordinary budgets; I would love to know the projected cost of a train journey via HS2. The local community is being let down hugely by the politicians and investors supporting HS2.

  4. Alexander Malcolm says:

    I have read the draft environmental statement re hs2. If one rearranges the acronym hs2 one comes up with h2s. The latter is also the chemical symbol for hydrogen sulphide and it occurs to me that there is a strong similarity between hs2 and h2s. The latter is an extremely volatile and explosive gas with a repulsive odour (similar to wrotten eggs) This is where the similarity between the two can be seen. Both hs2 and h2s STINK and the effect on the environment will be catastrophic in my view. This government appear to be following the mistakes of the previous administration re a proposal to close Harefield hospital. Several million £ of taxpayers money was wasted in a consultation process when everyone and their dog was telling the government Harefield must not close, yet they went ahead blindly with the consultation and only at the 11th hour realised the public’s reasoning was more sensible and Harefield survived. I wish the campaign to stop hs2 is eventually successful.

  5. helen fanshawe says:

    have written an anti HS2 poem, which I would like to add to your campaign. Can you let me know the best way for me to do this?

    • Hi Helen

      That sounds fabulous – please send it to info@hillingdon-against-hs2.com and then we will share it for you.

      Thanks again

      • helen fanshawe says:

        my son, who lives in Ickenham Road, near Ruislip,, has received an invite to a meeting at the Barn. His property is apparently now at risk from the HS2 line. Do you have any information on this? have they rerouted the tunnel?

      • If he received the leaflet then he was invited to the Barn as he is within an amount of metres of the line that the government have decided to write to.
        This does not necessarily mean he is directly affected.
        If he has any doubts he should attend the event, look at the most up to date maps (see our maps page for links) and come and see us on the 14th of Oct at the Ruislip Rugby Club as well. He could ring HS2 Enquiries too.
        The tunnel has not been re-routed but as HS2 do more work sometimes new properties may become affected. However, receiving a leaflet does not mean that is the case. A letter may be more serious – so he could bring that along on the 14th and also talk to your local councillor and MP.

  6. Manchester business bosses say its the vocal minority that oppose HS2 and are so confident they have set up an electronic vote

    The vote below is at 57% against HS2 at the moment which will throw them.

    Click the link and vote “NO” and we can reduce tax, increase hospital spending and so much more !!


  7. Peter Baxter says:

    How to build the best High Speed railway.

    It is proposed that Britain’s poorest people finance a high speed train in a Tunnel for the rich users.

    I think that if we approached our European Allies Germany we could build a system that would lead the world using their tried and tested Maglev trains.
    I would build these trains above Britain’s existing train lines.

    Magnetic levitation trains (maglev) systems by the German Transrapid are built as straddle-type monorails, as they are highly stable and allow rapid deceleration from great speed. At full-speed operation maglev trains hover over the track and are thus not in physical contact with it at all.

    The maglev is the fastest train of any type the experimental SCMaglev having recorded a speed of 581 km/h (361 mph). The commercial Shanghai Maglev Train has run at 501 km/h (311 mph).

    They have a braking system that is the best in the world.

    I believe if Britain gave the go ahead to build this train above the existing rail track the stock market would fund it and we can simply sell shares in it.
    We don’t have to fleece the poor to do this.

    If the existing rail companies refuse to allow the Maglev trains to be built then we can build them over motorways it will probably be cheaper to do this but that will need new stations.

    This is my proposal that I believe should be considered against the idiotic idea of a tunnel. Let the people choose they want the people to pay then let them choose.

    Mr Peter Baxter

  8. A Nursery Rhyme for our Politicians by Peter Baxter

    The HS2 runs down the track and she blew
    The HS2 runs down the track and she blew
    The HS2 runs down the track blowing seventy billion and that’s a fact
    And she blew blew blew blew.

    The conductor said we are going down a tunnel and she blew
    The conductor said we are going down a tunnel and she blew
    The conductor said lets go down a tunnel and pound notes blew out the funnel
    And she blew blew blew blew

    The engineer laughed and rang his bell and she blew
    The engineer laughed and rang his bell and she blew
    The engineer laughed and rang his bell taking them all straight to hell
    And she blew blew blew blew

    Their children are all weeping now and she blew
    Their children are all weeping now and she blew
    The children all say they feel ill because they have to pay the bill
    And she blew blew blew blew

    Some good news to end my song and she blew
    Some good news to end my song and she blew
    Some good news to end my song they had taken the coalition along
    And she blew blew blew blew

  9. Bryan Paul Tomlinson says:

    If HS2 was helping other parts of the UK more than London, it should start in Leeds and work south.
    In reality HS2 is a EU project, implemented by global businesses that fund our political non entities.
    Win win for The Establishment elitists but devastation to anyone in it’s path (except Gideon Osborne’s constituents in Tatton).

  10. Mr P.Weatherley says:

    We do not want HS2, with all the waist of time and Money.
    We need longer platforms & Trains with better local connections

  11. william salha says:

    I can’t see any reason why should we have this HS2.
    1- creating more jobs??? You are creating jobs which are not needed. And will be used by very very few people. ( camouflaged unemployment)
    2-Train fares are already very expensive so many people are using buses and couches instead.
    3-Billions of pounds will be wasted with a very little money in return.
    4-Lots of disruption is going to happen.
    so pleeeeeeease STOP HS2

  12. Arthur Dark says:

    I have just finished a marathon viewing on parliamentlive tv of the proceedings of the HS2 Select Committee. During the proceedings the L.B.of Hillingdon pleaded for an extension to the Ruislip tunnel across the Colne valley and Ickenham Residents supported them (a plea for outright rejection of HS2 is not permitted). No one could fail to be impressed by the case presented by the officers of the L.B. or by Brian Adams on behalf of Ickenham residents. We are indeed well served by our Borough council and its officers. The attitude of HS2 Ltd. was one of total opposition to the tunnel even though they adnitted it was technically feasible and would mitigate the impact. Our fundamental problem is the way in which a Hybrid Bill procedure has replaced a traditional Public Planning Inquiry, presided over by an impartial Inspector. We should from the start have pressed, day in and day out, for a Planning Inquiry and pointed out the unjust and essentially political nature of the present procedure. Playing the game according to the rules laid down by Parlliament does not work

  13. Maureen Horwood says:

    Is it a coincidence that all the fish are currently dead in the HOAC lake? Its like dead fish soup .. awful to see and smell! HS2 have their drilling rigs on the lake and today I counted 5 security vans and welfare units around in the lanes. The other lakes are all healthy.

    • Thank you Maureen – I have checked with the Angling society who use the lake. They are aware of it and so are the Environmental Agency. Hopefully it will be fully understood and resolved for the future. Sounds awful.

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