Ealing battles to get HS2 to go underground

 

10,000 cars an hour can use the Hanger Lane gyratory

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The high-speed rail link - HS2 - promises to cut journey times and relieve congestion on the West Coast Main Line.

But the full scale of what London would face during the construction is only gradually emerging.

While most of the route in London will be underground, most of west London's Ealing will have HS2 on the surface.

The impact of building it could be severe. Ealing Council says 18 bridges will have to be replaced due to HS2, and the Hanger Lane gyratory replaced.

Hanger Lane is one of the busiest intersections in London. Nearly 10,000 vehicles an hour pass through there at rush hour.

Clearly that would cause huge disruption.

In total the bridges that would be replaced will be:

  • Three footbridges (two overbridges, one underbridge);
  • 12 road (five overbridges, seven underbridges);
  • One rail overbridge;
  • One river underbridge;
  • One canal underbridge.

The council is, with some caveats, supportive of HS2 but wants Ealing to be tunnelled under.

Subterranean solution

It puts the cost at £150m.

Local campaigners do not want HS2 at all, but if they have to get it they want a subterranean solution.

HS2 Ltd obviously realises the council has a point and is now carrying out a tunnelling feasibility study.

What will be difficult for the company to answer is, why is nearly everywhere else in London deemed suitable for a tunnel and not Ealing?

If areas such as Ruislip, where residents campaigned successfully for the route to go underground, why not Ealing?

Ealing, run by a Labour council, is more densely populated than Ruislip, which is in the jurisdiction of the Tory-led Hillingdon Council, and many will begin to wonder if politics is coming into play.

A spokesman for HS2 Ltd said: "Our contractors are undertaking a study looking at the effects of building a tunnel through Ealing compared with using the existing rail alignment next to the Central Line - taking into account the environmental impact and cost.

"We expect to have the preliminary report from our engineering contractors by the end of October.

Ultimately the decision will be made by the secretary of state for transport.''

Certainly replacing 18 bridges in Ealing will cause significant problems for the whole area and those who travel through it.

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

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 161.

    I wish I did! I have NO vested interest and neither did the MPs on those committees that concluded in favour of HS2 and who said that alternatives would not offer the needed capacity. As for prices it's a case of supply and demand. Just as chiltern and virgin compete now HS2 cannot price itself too much higher than the slower alternatives and prices of each will be lower than if we had no HS2.

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    Comment number 160.

    Not passengers John - although they will be paying through the roof for HS2 - but corporate chiefs with large shareholdings in the rail construction business. Perhaps like yourself.

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    Comment number 159.

    And what on earth is all this stuff about "wouldn't benefit financially".

    Unless you mean that without the extra capacity and competition that HS2 will supply, millions of rail users will end up paying even higher rail fares and be starved of seats as our main lines fill up.

    Its those millions of rail users that will "benefit financially" as the extra supply reduces price pressure on demand.

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    Comment number 158.

    But all the committees concluded in favour of HS2 and that "alternatives would not supply sufficient capacity".
    As already said, phase 2 already includes the Heathrow spur to enable short haul to swop TO train. A surface spur from W.Ruislip down side of M25 to T5 cheaper than hub route and T5 by existing M25 junction. I am saying build it EARLY -by 2021 to enable Eurostar from Heathrow to Europe.

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    Comment number 157.

    Oh come on - that's exactly what you said and are saying. There was plenty of argument in the HC select committee against HS2 - from those who wouldn't benefit financially from a new HSR line... And now you are saying Heathrow should be included to stop passengers travelling by train - I thought you wanted Heathrow free of short haul flights. You are also arguing now for Heathrow hub HSR route.

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    Comment number 156.

    I also did not say we actually needed to 4 track the base of the Y - but even if we did the line would still not be as wide as a dual carriageway road.

    By the 2050s the Y might need to become an H - with a 2nd route south from Yorkshire - either by the M1 from Derby or by the A1/M11 past Stansted.

    But HS1-Brum-Manchester-Glasgow/Edinburgh is our 1st priority!

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    Comment number 155.

    If you listen to the House of Commons select committee interviews of Branson and O'Toole about the WCML franchise, both of them accept that WCML capacity runs out in the 2020s - and O'Toole for example says "thats why we need HS2".

    The argument is about WHEN capacity runs out - NOT IF - and of relative differences in the calculation of profit, inflation and risk of default.

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    Comment number 154.

    He is not against it - but says commercial experts should be consulted more. I agree. It is bizare that the Heathrow spur is not included in phase 1 instead of this idea that transit passengers to Paris will take Crossrail and change to trains at Willesden. Only an integral airport station will do that job (and we could get Eurostar from Heathrow open EARLY). Branson is NOT against all of HS2.

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    Comment number 153.

    Branson has serious concerns over HS2 and that doesn't sound like what he was saying at all! 6 rail tracks, four track the base of the Y - madness and not needed - why not just concrete over the whole of England?! As I said before that's just not sustainable.

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    Comment number 152.

    Branson never said HS2 was not needed. He agrees that the WCML is about to fill up (the London-Rugby bit and then to Manchester) - and was saying that First Group would not find enough capacity in the 2020's.

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    Comment number 151.

    Once we only had a roman road and then only a canal.
    We now need 2 motorways and our 6 rail tracks really are about to fill up.

    This is going to be the main route between Manchester and Scotland (both Glasgow and Edinburgh) and London & much of Europe. France is warning us that we may need to 4 track the base of the Y - as they are already having to plan a 2nd route for Paris-Lyon!

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    Comment number 150.

    We already have TWO lines going to Birmingham! There won't be demand - even Richard Branson doesn't think so. On the First Group passenger projections accepted by the DfT in the recent WCML fiasco, he said: ‘You would have had to pile people on the roof of the train like in India to get anywhere near that. WCML opens up as serious questions about HS2 as it does competition and govnment tendering

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    Comment number 149.

    You said Spain had stopped HS2. Not true. Only service cut I can see is to a direct train from Albacete to Toledo. Same new lines are still used by trains to Madrid where people can still change trains to do the same journey. Spain now has more new track than France and is still building new links - eg 2 from Madrid-Paris via Bordeaux as well as Barcelona.

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    Comment number 148.

    We've been round this circle already. Have we paid for the M1 yet?
    Intercity DOES earn profits. The Virgin v First group arguement is about how much.

    Only debates on HS2 are (a) how soon does capacity run out for us to need it and (b) how long it takes to pay it off. It will get paid for.

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    Comment number 147.

    There is hardly a consensus. A new line isn't necessary. Taxpayers won't get anything out of HS2! Of course vested interests and shared directorships with construction groups want to build a new line. It doesn't mean it's necessary.

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    Comment number 146.

    Sorry Stuart but the consensus is that a new line IS required.
    The only debate is about how soon.

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    Comment number 145.

    Taxpayers get paid loads from intercity & HSR. The Virgin v First Group row is about just how much.

    HS2 built from London-Brum and then Manchester & Leeds not only speeds up routes to the North and Scotland but also solves capacity problems in their order of priority.

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    Comment number 144.

    ...which groups like stopHS2 are always going to try and argue but simply isn't true. Network Rail, and the industry as a whole, were arguing for a high speed line before any of the political parties started looking at it seriously because the potential for passenger growth far exceeds what can be realistically achieved with the existing infrastructure.

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    Comment number 143.

    There are currently 45,000 people per day coming into Euston, but the DfT and HS2 Ltd have been saying that magically this will somehow get up to 146,000. It is and has always been pure fantasy. A new line is not required.

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    Comment number 142.

    You misrepresent me - I said the southern WCML capacity issues could be dealt with with existing line upgrades at a fraction of the cost of HS2.

 

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