Ealing Council demands HS2 rethink

Ealing has pledged to fight for measures to reduce the impact of the proposed High Speed 2 rail link.

Map of proposed HS2 route

The Transport Minister Justine Greening recently announced that following a consultation, to which Ealing Council submitted a holding objection, the route would go ahead, as planned, through Northolt, Greenford, Perivale, Ealing and Acton. The announcement did not provide details of what mitigation would be provided to residents in the borough, despite having done so in other areas. The planned route will run parallel to the central line through the north of the borough coming out of a tunnel in Acton and now re-entering a tunnel just beyond Northolt.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment said:

“This isn’t about party politics. It is about the lives and homes of people who face years of blight and disruption from construction work and will then have the noise of high speed trains thundering through their neighbourhoods. It’s a slap in the face for people in this borough and we will not allow our residents to be treated like second class citizens.

“We will continue to make our demands for measures to reduce the impact loud and clear to the government and push for proper compensation for those who will be affected.”

Councillors at the full council meeting on Tuesday 31 January, agreed a motion expressing disappointment at the decision to proceed with the HS2 rail link without appropriate mitigation for residents in Northolt, Greenford, Perivale and Acton who will be affected by it.

The council is due to meet with HS2 Limited shortly to discuss details of the route, appropriate compensation packages and how disruption during the construction works will be managed, as well as to lobby for measures to minimise the impact. Aholding objection against the proposals was lodged last summer and remains in place until council has full details of the route and its impact.