HS2 (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2012
Reference: 
2012/0653
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Residents in Kensal Green are extremely concerned about the suggested route for the HS2 passing underneath this residential location. They have continually tried to contact the HS2 team to no avail. They have met with an engineer who suggested an alternative route that runs underneath the existing Euston to Watford train line and would be minimally disruptive to residents. Will you support this alternative route, in light of your comments in January, that HS2 ' ... has to be right for London. And there are important aspects of HS2 which are not right?'

Answer

Answer for HS2 (1)

Answer for HS2 (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have great sympathy for residents in Kensal Green. Whilst I am pleased to see that the Secretary of State has agreed to mitigate the effects of the line through west London, there are still several impacts on Londoners, including noise and vibration, which are yet to be resolved.

Certain sections along the route have not been mitigated and I will continue to work closely with the promoters of the line, High Speed Two Limited (HS2 Ltd), to ensure environmental impacts in London are kept to an absolute minimum. This will include asking HS2 Ltd to investigate the possibility of reducing the vibration and noise impacts along the tunnelled section between Old Oak Common and Euston.