Transport minister Patrick McLoughlin has ruled out an HS2 spur to Heathrow in another big blow to the airport’s Third Runway master plan.
The Colne Valley Park has hit out at language in the HS2 Environmental Statement that suggests there will be “no significant impact” on the regional park.
In a news release issued on Monday the Colne Valley Regional Park spelt out at the devastating impact Heathrow’s expansion plans would have locally, saying the North-West and South-West options would “wipe out” the southern part of the Park.
Heathrow has confirmed for the first time that it has plans for a fourth full-size runway over Colnbrook and Poyle, echoing proposals by Tim Leunig three months ago that were angrily rejected by Councillor James Walsh.
Colnbrook residents are reeling today following the shock announcement that large parts of Poyle would be concreted over along with 300 acres of Green Belt if one of Heathrow’s two preferred schemes for expansion, published this morning, is allowed to happen.
HS2 Action Alliance announced Thursday that it has raised the necessary £100,000 to appeal the March 2013 Judicial Review decision into a flawed environmental assessment, sending the government back to court on 10th June.
The newly appointed Programme Manager for the Western Rail Access to Heathrow (WRAtH) expects to identify the preferred route to link the Great Western Main Line to Heathrow. In the meantime, work will progress developing more detailed designs for the preferred solution.
Two new footbridges and a road bridge with a combined weight of about 600 tonnes were lifted into place by Network Rail over the Easter break as part of work preparing the existing railway for the arrival of new Crossrail services.
A High Court ruling into government consultations on the planned HS2 rail scheme is a “landmark victory” for the project, the rail minister has said. But an appeal is already on the cards. Locally the scheme will see parts of Harmondsworth Moor lost.
Despite officially postponing the HS2 Heathrow Spur last Monday the Government also announced it would consider carrying out the “preparatory construction work” needed to preserve its preferred route now to save “significant disruption and cost” at a later point. Harmondsworth Moor is in the firing line.