Council raises serious concerns over HS2 Ltd's two-month closure of Breakspear Road South
Monday 20 May: Hillingdon Council has expressed grave concerns about High Speed Two (HS2) Limited's ill-advised plans to close Breakspear Road South in Harefield for a fourth time later this month.
Despite repeated requests to postpone the closure until the school summer holidays, HS2 recently announced its intention to shut the heavily-used road between 31 May and 29 July as part of preliminary works on the new high speed rail route between London and Birmingham.
The road was shut on three separate occasions last year.
The council has written to HS2 Limited to argue that the latest closure constitutes contempt for a legal agreement the council and HS2 entered into in August 2017, in which HS2 promised to collaborate with the council and put in place effective mitigation measures to minimise disruption and harm to Hillingdon and its residents.
The council also believes the closure is a breach of environmental minimum requirements.
Councillor Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: "The lengthy closure of Breakspear Road for a fourth time in a short space of time will cause yet more untold misery for thousands of residents.
"HS2's purported collaboration with us and residents has at best been poor, with them brazenly ploughing ahead with the closure, despite concerns about their lack of engagement with the emergency services, which could ultimately put lives at risk, their failure to coordinate with other roadworks in the area, and their continual disregard for their environmental obligations.
"We urge HS2 to reconsider their plans and postpone the closure immediately."