HS2: a long way to go for affected Ealing residents


Many people in Ealing said they had not been consulted or given any information about the plans

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Much of the focus on those against HS2 has so far been in the Chilterns.

In the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty there has been an extremely loud, well-organised, anti-campaign. There's also a well-run campaign in Ruislip. Both have been effective in getting tunnels under their areas.

But others still face their homes being demolished. And most of the 338 homes that will be knocked down are in the capital.

In Ealing, residents say they're being ignored by the government and don't know what's going to happen to their homes.

There are also now some interesting statistics including the fact the government has now bought 47 homes at a cost of £27m.

But there remain many concerns especially with regards to Euston.

Lukewarm mayor?

The London mayor's support for HS2 seems to be rather lukewarm at the moment.

A spokesperson for Boris Johnson said: "The mayor has made clear that his support for HS2 will depend on several factors including the need for greater capacity to be provided at Euston to handle the extra numbers of people that would be brought into the capital.

"The plans announced by the government at the start of the year were a step forward but there is much more to do. He has explicitly raised the need for more capacity at Euston with the transport secretary and will continue to work with the government and HS2 to ensure that issue is resolved."

No-one from the Department for Transport was available for interview but a spokesperson said: "London will be one of the big winners from HS2.

"It will deliver improved connectivity with our great northern cities, extra space on the existing lines for more commuter services, a completely re-vamped Euston Station, a brand new interchange station at Old Oak Common and some 20,000 jobs for Londoners."

What do you think?

Tom Edwards Article written by Tom Edwards Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

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    Comment number 11.

    HS2 to Birmingham will cost £17bn. It's £32bn to Manchester and Leeds.

    Who wouldn't be upset that their home will be sacrificed, but the truth is that HS2 will profoundly change for the better the way be move around Britain.

    Just build it and take it all the way to Scotland. I look forward to using it!

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    Comment number 10.

    The DfT say expenditure on HS2 will amount to £750m by 2015, but a freedom of information request shows the real budget is £1.15bn. The Hybrid Bill is timetabled for approval in 2015. The total capital budget for transport is due for real cuts of 11%. In 2014-15 this will be £7.5bn, and from then a projected £2.5bn per year will be needed for HS2, taking money from more worthy projects.

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    Comment number 9.

    If your pro or anti, HS2 will create jobs, benefit the North. However in my opinion a big midlands airport linking the world to London and the north will prove to be a wise idea. No London expansion of airports but everyone will benefit from a HS rail AND a brand new airport close to both regions so to bring growth in the North

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    Comment number 8.

    Thanks @Chris Neville-Smith for pointing out the flawed nature of comments regarding the timescales for HS2 - HS2 is NOT NOW! It's about investing in the future - if anybody critical of current govt. spending plans is looking for a project to cancel, try CROSSRAIL, consuming £2bn per annum from the strategic transport infrastructure budget - just don't mention your idea too loudly in LONDON!

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    Comment number 7.

    Luckily this is not like China where the government does what it wants regardless. There were roadshows and consultation with the people affected first on this project and THEN they did what they wanted regardless! Democracy at work ?
    As for 'money wont start being spent until 2017 and the financial squeeze ought to be over by then' -they are spending millions NOW on this bonkers project


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