Ruislip Residents' Association

High Speed 2

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…

Documents

Below you can find links to various documents related to our work on HS2:

The work continues. We expect to present our petition to the House of Lords Select Committee in the next couple of months
Published on 30 October 2016

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  .
Published on 01 May 2016

Ruislip Residents' Association made robust protests about the original HS2 proposals, with some success.  At every stage we have strongly defended our own local interests, whilst arguing that whatever is intended for the common good should also protect those that are threatened by adverse side effects.  

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!
Published on 17 June 2014

For our response to the HS2 London-West Midlands Design Refinement Consultation click here

For our response to then Draft Environmental Statement for HS2 Phase 1 click here
Ruislip
Residents’
Association
http://www.ruislipresidents.org.uk
Graham
Bartram

Chairman

14
Bell
View
Manor

Ruislip

Middlesex
HA4
7LH
Tel.
01895
673310

Email
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Ruislip
Residents’
Association
Response
to
the
HS2
London-­‐West
Midlands
Design
Refinement
Consultation
Ruislip
Residents’
Association
2
Introduction
Having
read
through
the
HS2
London-­‐West
Midlands
Design
Refinement
Consultation
(DRC)
we
have
decided
that
our
best
form
of
response
is
to
send
you
a
complete
document
rather
than
try
and
fill
in
a
small
form.
Question
2
-­‐
Euston
Station
Euston
Station
has
to
be
one
of
the
ugliest
and
most
depressing
stations
in
the
whole
of
London.
It
is
a
great
shame
that
the
government
think
it
fit
to
be
the
hub
of
their
new
high-­‐speed
railway
system.
Where
is
the
vision
and
the
pride
that
our
Victorian
ancestors
felt
when
they
built
their
‘Palaces
of
Rail’?
We
expect,
that
unlike
the
current
station,
the
new
station
will
provide
proper
disabled
access
to
all
platforms
and
services,
including
all
the
underground
lines.
In
Ruislip
our
only
direct
connection
to
HS2
is
at
Euston,
via
the
Metropolitan
line
station
at
Euston
Square.
This
station
was
built
150
years
ago
and
was
not
designed
to
cope
with
the
number
of
passengers
that
use
it
now,
let
alone
when
it
becomes
one
of
the
main
gateways
to
HS2.
The
station
needs
to
be
rebuilt
with
larger
platforms
and
a
direct
connection
to
the
mainline
station,
possibly
by
a
second
entrance
at
the
eastern
end
of
the
platforms.
This
will
need
to
provide
full
disabled
access.
Question
3
-­‐
HS1
to
HS2
Link
One
of
the
major
selling
points
for
HS2
has
been
the
idea
of
direct
trains
to
and
from
the
continent,
joining
northern
England
to
the
rest
of
Europe.
The
rather
pathetic
link
between
HS1
and
HS2
does
not
reflect
that
concept;
instead
it
appears
as
an
afterthought.
Surely
when
HS1
was
being
built
at
St
Pancras
they
planned
for
how
it
would
connect
to
a
national
HS
system?
Or
did
they
expect
that
to
be
based
at
King’s
Cross
instead
of
Euston?
We
also
do
not
see
how
this
link
will
work
as
it
appears
that
a
train
using
it
will
bypass
both
St
Pancras
and
Euston.
Question
4
-­‐
Northolt
Corridor
We
welcome
the
decision
to
put
the
route
in
a
tunnel
between
Old
Oak
Common
and
West
Ruislip.
The
disruption
caused
by
trying
to
put
the
route
overground
would
have
been
horrendous,
especially
the
work
to
replace
the
bridges
at
the
Hanger
Lane
Gyratory.
Ruislip
Residents’
Association
3
Question
5
-­‐
Heathrow
Junctions
The
fact
that
the
communities
of
Ruislip,
Ickenham
and
Denham
are
the
only
areas
in
the
country
to
face
prolonged
works
from
both
Phase
1
and
Phase
2
of
HS2
has
struck
us
as
particularly
unfair.
There
is
no
practical
reason
why
the
Heathrow
spur
cannot
be
included
in
Phase
1
and
its
construction
be
completed
during
the
timetable
for
that
phase.
The
insistence
on
an
overground
location
for
the
junctions
has
meant
that
the
tunnel
portal
at
West
Ruislip
cannot
be
moved
beyond
the
built-­‐up
areas
to
Harvil
Road
as
we
have
repeatedly
requested.
It
is
possible
for
the
junction
to
be
built
underground,
but
it
would
add
cost
and
engineering
complexity
to
the
project.
What
would
be
unconscionable
would
be
for
these
sites
to
force
the
route
onto
the
surface
early
and
then
for
the
link
itself
never
to
be
built!
The
government
must
make
up
its
mind
to
build
or
not
build
the
link
before
the
plans
for
the
tunnel
portal
are
set
in
stone.
Waiting
for
the
Airport
Commission
to
report
would
mean
that
no
decision
could
be
made
before
the
formal
consultation
on
the
routes
for
Phase
2
begins
in
2014.
We
do
not
believe
that
the
current
plan
for
a
Heathrow
spur
is
the
right
one
and
have
always
recommended
that
the
main
HS2
route
go
via
Heathrow;
why
else
bring
the
route
out
through
west
London
when
your
destination
is
north?
An
equivalent
connection
to
Heathrow
can
be
provided
by
CrossRail,
which
already
has
a
Heathrow
station
planned,
with
people
changing
at
Old
Oak
Common
if
they
wish
to
head
north.
Passengers
for
London
can
just
remain
on
the
CrossRail
train
and
get
off
at
one
of
the
many
central
London
stations,
a
much
better
solution
than
HS2.
If
these
junctions,
and
the
Heathrow
spur,
were
dropped
then
the
Ruislip-­‐Old
Oak
Common
tunnel
could
be
extended,
as
the
Draft
Environmental
Statement
recommends,
to
the
Harvil
Road.
This
would
remove
the
probable
noise
nuisance
to
thousands
of
homes
in
Ickenham
and
prevent
damage
to
Ruislip
Golf
Course,
Ruislip
Rifle
Club
and
the
Agricultural
Research
Centre
(Merck).
Question
6
-­‐
Colne
Valley
viaduct
We
welcome
the
proposal
to
adjust
the
viaduct
so
that
it
does
not
require
piers
in
the
River
Colne.
We
do
wonder
how
any
engineer
could
believe
that
the
original
plan
would
be
acceptable.
The
River
Colne
is
not
exactly
the
Rhine
and
should
have
been
easily
crossable
in
a
single
span.
We
have
asked
for
the
route
to
go
under
the
valley
rather
than
over
it.
Initially
we
were
told
that
this
was
impossible
due
to
engineering
factors.
Then,
when
the
Heathrow
spur
lines
were
shown
tunnelling
under
the
lakes
in
the
valley,
it
was
admitted
that
it
was
possible
to
tunnel
beneath
the
valley.
Ruislip
Residents’
Association
4
As
it
stands,
the
viaduct
will
destroy
a
major
community
facility,
the
Hillingdon
Outdoor
Activities
Centre,
which
has
existed
for
over
fifty
years.
We
are
still
waiting
to
see
how
HS2
plan
to
replace
this
facility,
as
no
details
were
included
in
the
Draft
Environmental
Statement.
A
tunnel
under
the
valley
would
avoid
destroying
this
much-­‐loved
facility.
Questions
7
-­‐
15
These
are
outside
both
our
area
and
our
ken
and
we
therefore
have
no
comments
to
make
on
them.
Published on 09 July 2013

The draft environmental statement has been published for comment and can be downloaded from here. The consultation  closes on 11 July 2013.

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. 


Published on 06 June 2013

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.
Published on 24 April 2013

The decisions on the Judicial Reviews were finally announced on Friday 15 March.

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 .
Published on 19 March 2013

HS2 Ltd was the speaker at our General Meeting in February.   We had a full audience, and we hope that our members and residents found the talk to be both useful and interesting.   The presentation slides that HS2 Ltd used can be found here if anyone would like to look at them again, or indeed print them out.
Published on 18 March 2013
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