Ruislip Residents' Association

Our responses to two HS2 consultations July 2013

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 in High Speed 2 on 09 July 2013.
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