I am firmly against HS2. The cost benefit analysis shows it is going to be a colossal waste of money, and the damage to our woodlands and natural ecosystem cannot be justified.
Local residents and councillors have expressed their deep concerns about the impact of HS2 on our constituency, in Ruislip, Harefield and Ickenham in particular. I'm delighted with the news that the Government is reviewing the project - which is positive in light of the spiralling expense bill and the negative impact it will have on our local biodiversity, communities and air quality. I have visited affected sites for the proposed route, and met with the Department of Transport. If selected I will seek to follow up with a meeting with the Secretary of State to raise your concerns in person and plan to write to the Chairs of the Oakervee Review, due to conclude in December.
I am in favour of investment in much needed infrastructure, but believe we owe it to taxpayers, and residents to ensure that the infrastructure focuses on best value and minimises harm to local communities. The current plans for HS2 would lead to around 500 Heavy Goods Vehicles a day driving along roads such as Breakespear S and Swakeleys roundabout that are already congested at peak times.
I know that the Hillingdon HS2 Residents Support group (formerly the Stop HS2 group) and Hillingdon Council have done brilliant work in fighting the damaging effects of HS2 - I would support them whole heartedly.
Unlike HS2, opinion amongst residents I've spoken to is divided on the matter of Heathrow expansion. Last year, Parliament supported it overwhelmingly.
However, any plans would have to demonstrate compliance with the EU Air Quality Directive and the National Emissions Ceiling Directive's targets to improve air quality by 2030. In the Queen's speech, the Government also confirmed that it plans to introduce legally binding targets for air pollution. The most recent consultation closed last month and gave residents the chance to give their feedback on the proposals. If selected as your candidate, I would fight to ensure that any expansion did force Heathrow to put in place mitigation measures to minimise the impact of the expansion of residents in Hillingdon, and protect the quality of our air.