Council fights for rail line impact reduction

Sun 19 February 2012, 1:45 pm

Ealing Council is fighting for measures to reduce the impact of the proposed High Speed 2 rail link on the borough.

In January, transport minster Justine Greening announced that the route would go ahead through Northolt, Greenford, Perivale, Ealing and Acton, but did not provide details of mitigation measures for these area.

At a meeting, the council voted to express disappointment at the decision to proceed with the line, and to call for measures to reduce the impact on residents.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, council 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 is a slap in the face for people in this borough and we will not allow our residents to be treated like second-class citizens.”

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.

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