The proposal to route High Speed Two through Ruislip is causing widespread local concern. Our Association has responded vigorously to the public consultation on this contentious proposal, as have many of our members. This page will be regularly updated as the proposal progresses.
HS2 rumbles on, apparently beyond our control. We have attended the Community Forums, responded to their many consultations, had in depth discussions about our concerns, petitioned the House of Commons, and so far have really managed to achieve very little. Almost all the changes that HS2 Ltd have proposed are basically because they have found their original plans to be impractical or too costly, not because they have listened to the community.
The next stage is petitioning the House of Lords for changes to the Hybrid Bill, and that is what we are now doing, but we have already been told that they will not agree any changes that would involve a change to the bill, or cost more money!
Areas of concern that we have already raised are: traffic problems, noise problems, especially for people in the Greenways, damage to HOAC, damage to Ruislip Golf Course, destruction of Ruislip Rifle Club, insufficient compensation, poor information, the list just goes on and on…
Below you can find links to various documents related to our work on HS2:
Ruislip Residents’ Association continues its fight to protect the interests of the people of Ruislip in relation to the HS2 proposals. We have submitted a petition to the House of Lords asking for mitigation of traffic, a better outcome for the Hillingdon Outdoors Activity Centre (HOAC), the proper reinstatement of Ruislip Golf Course and the curtailment of the plan to dump thousand of tons of spoil on the fields of Ickenham and Harefield.
We are due to appear before the Select Committee in the next few weeks to make our case. We have already been told that we cannot argue for the tunnel extension as that would require an “additional provision” to implement and the House of Lords will not authorise any additional provisions.You can download a copy of our petition on the here .
Now that the decision has been taken for the line to go ahead, we have submitted a pertinent, constructive petition to minimise the impact of that decision on Ruislip people. See that petition by clicking here. The language of that petition may seem strange, but it is in the required form for such petitions.
We will continue to shout loud and clear that local residents whose homes become untenable must be enabled to live nearby, in similar homes close to their friends, jobs and schools - plus at least a sweetener to compensate for the disruption to their lives. Also, our local facilities must be protected or replaced before construction begins - our outdoor leisure centre, our golf course and our rifle range - whatever the financial cost.·
Equally, our heavily congested roads will be at a standstill during the long HS2 construction phase, unless the current plans are changed. We will be relentless in demanding a rethink of that phase.
Lastly we greatly value our semi-rural surroundings. Piling the spoil from HS2 tunnel excavations onto our fields must not be allowed. Be confident that our Association will be heard!
We have been asked by Hillingdon Against HS2 to let our residents know that they will be hosting an information event about the possible impacts on Ruislip on Monday 17 June 2013 between 12 noon and 8pm at Ruislip Golf Club, Ickenham Road, Ruislip HA4 7DQ. They have informed us that Hillingdon Council officers will be present to offer advice along with local estate agents. The nearest tube is West Ruislip on the Central Line. For more details please go the the Hillingdon Against HS2 website.
On the same day, HS2 Ltd are holding a second public event for Ruislip residents, in Perivale (see our Home Page, or attached HS2 Ltd flyer for details, which includes the offer of free shuttle buses to transport Ruislip residents). The HS2 Ltd event will have the same information (for Ruislip residents - it will also provide information for Northolt residents) as their HS2 Ltd event held in Ruislip on 23rd May, which many residents could not attend due to the short notice given.
Even if your home is not near the proposed new rail line you may be impacted by the movement of lorries etc on busy roads in Ruislip during the years of construction works. As such you might wish to attend either or both of the events to find out more.
On 23 April 2013 it was announced that HS2 Ltd will propose that the rail route should now be tunnelled between Old Oak Common and Northolt, rather than running on the surface. A study recommended that a tunnel would be the best option for this specific section of the route because a surface route would cause more disruption to traffic, cost as much or more than a tunnel and would take 15 months longer to build. It would also have greater design complexity, including the need to replace both spans of the Hanger Lane gyratory system.
If this new tunnel is approved, it will mean that the HS2 route will run in a continuous bored tunnel all the way from Old Oak Common to West Ruislip – making it the longest tunnel on the route at 14km.
HS2 Ltd said: “The study we commissioned found that for this specific section of the line, the cost of a tunnel would be comparable with a route on the surface without the need to replace bridges and divert associated utilities. The proposed tunnel will be included as the preferred option in the draft Environmental Statement for the first phase of HS2, so the community and stakeholders will have the opportunity to respond to this proposal as part of the consultation in coming months.” A link to the HS2 Ltd statement about this can be found here.
If this new tunnel plan is taken forward a portal will not be needed at Mandeville Road.We are still waiting to hear when the Environmental Consultation will start. It is due to be “Spring/early Summer” 2013.
Of the 5 challenges, the Court upheld (agreed with) one. This was in relation to the consultation process for the original compensation scheme. The Judge deemed it to have been unfair. Indeed the Judge said "All in all, the consultation on compensation was so unfair as to be unlawful." The result of this decision is that the compensation consultation is going to have to be completely re-run. We do not yet have a timescale of when this will be.
Meanwhile the Judge has given leave for the various parties to proceed to appeal against the challenges that he rejected, if they so wish.
A summary of the Judicial Review decision by the judge can be read here .