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Boris Johnson: HS2 Heathrow spur would be a 'ludicrous waste of money'

Mayor of London told anti-HS2 campaigner Lottie Jones the spur 'should be scrapped'

Boris Johnson with Ruislip Against HS2 campaigner Lottie Jones in Uxbridge

During a trip to Uxbridge on Monday, Boris Johnson said a proposed spur to Heathrow Airport from the HS2 line in Ickenham was a 'waste of time and money'.

The Mayor was met by a wall of journalists when he got off the tube in High Street, Uxbridge on Monday to announce his vision for the future of Heathrow Airport alongside Hillingdon Council leader Ray Puddifoot.

But it was Ruislip Against HS2 campaigner Lottie Jones who got the first conversation out of the Mayor upon his arrival.

"I managed to have a good chat with him and Ray Puddifoot whilst walking up the High Street," Mrs Jones said.

"Given that the day was about promoting his idea for building a new hub airport in the Thames Estuary - and moving away from any expansion at Heathrow, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to ask him if he supported the HS2 route to Heathrow."

Mr Johnson told Mrs Jones he believed the spur would be a "ludicrous waste of money and should be scrapped."

Boris talks with Lottie Jones in Uxbridge High Street
 

If the spur is built it would connect to the HS2 line between the West Ruislip tunnel portal in Ickenham Road and Harvil Road in Ickenham.

The decision on the Heathrow spur was put on hold until after the Davies Commission report on airport expansion is published next year, but a 'passive provision' for building the spurs - the junctions where the tracks will connect to the HS2 line - is the reason requests to extend the Ruislip tunnel to beyond Ickenham are unlikely to be agreed.

This is because connections between the spurs and the main line HS2 track could not be sited in tunnels, they would have to connect above ground.

"Whilst he wouldn't be drawn on his overall position on HS2 he was very forthright with his view of the Heathrow spurs," she said.

"He agreed that there was no sense building passive provision for the spurs, as part of phase one of the project, when no decision had been made on where the country's hub airport would be and thereby potentially wasting money planning for a part of the route that might never be built."

 

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