Council welcomes HS2 review
Wednesday 21 August: Hillingdon Council has welcomed today's (Wednesday 21 August) news that the government has decided to review the value and the viability of the High Speed 2 rail project.
Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: "Aside from the disastrous environmental impact, the benefits of HS2 were highly questionable at its inception, but a combination of changing priorities and expensive mismanagement has resulted in the scheme becoming simply untenable. The council fully supports the decision to review the viability of the project and the way it is being delivered.
"We call for a swift decision to halt the continuation of the current enabling works that are already causing so much damage to our borough and its residents."
HS2 would dissect the north of the borough, running in tunnel through Ruislip and emerging above ground at Ruislip Golf Course, which is due to close for preparatory works from Monday 26 August. From there it is proposed to run at surface level, crossing Breakspear Road South and Harvil Road. The track is then planned to rise to cross the Colne Valley on what will be one of the longest viaducts in the UK.
HS2 would also significantly impact on other valuable community facilities such as Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre, which is being forced to relocate from Harefield, where it has been firmly established for a number of years.
For more information, see hillingdon.gov.uk/hs2
For more information relating to HS2 and the proposed Ruislip Golf Course closure, please contact the HS2 Helpdesk on 08081 434434 or visit hs2inhillingdon.commonplace.is