Comment on Government’s announcement for HS2 route

Today’s announcement from the Government that it will push ahead with HS2 along the planned route was alongside news of an additional tunnel west of Northolt for around 3 miles.  It means that the high speed trains will be roaring out of a tunnel near the Acton Cemetery run parallel to the Central Line though the borough and then thunder into a new tunnel as it departs the western boundary of the borough in Northolt.

At this stage, there is little more detail on what mitigation will be provided for local residents and we as a council will be continuing to work with HS2 and the Government to ensure that the issues we raised as part of the consultation are dealt with as further details are worked through.

Responding to this news, I have released the following statement, “The decision ignores the legitimate pleas of blighted residents in Northolt, Greenford, Perivale and North Acton. It means that we in Ealing will face the brunt: getting all of the pain including a piercing wall of supersonic sound with none of the benefit of money being spent on tunnelling to reduce the noise.

Residents across the proposed route will be deeply disappointed and feel let down by a government that has simply steamrolled ahead with their plans and turned a blind eye to the cross-party consensus from the borough of Ealing.”

Maps of where the route will be including where the tunnels will go:

West Kilburn to Park Royal (pdf)

Perivale to Northolt (pdf)