HAREFIELD has been put on notice: High Speed Two is coming and will directly affect the south of the village.
Trains using the line will travel at up to 225mph through countryside close to the village, and its most picturesque areas are at risk.
Last week the Secretary of State for Transport, Phillip Hammond, confirmed the route corridor from London to Birmingham, albeit with some changes in the detail.
As part of the line, a 715-metre viaduct would be built across the Colne Valley south of Harefield.
A new bridge would carry the line across Harvil Road, and the track will cut directly over Dews Farm, which is used regularly by Hillingdon and Uxbridge Motor Club.
The farm was reputedly visited by Queen Elizabeth I, and was the birthplace of Cecil John Kinross, a recipient of the Victoria Cross.
Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre, a kayaking, sailing and outdoor pursuit centre, says it will have no option but to close down because the viaduct will make its operations impossible.
Harefield Dogs' Trust's rehoming centre, at Highway Farm in Harvil Road, will be just 200 metres from the line and fears its peaceful surroundings will be disrupted.
Many houses next to the route will also be at risk of demolition or bear the brunt of the noise, including Dews Farm Cottages, The Furrows and houses in Harvil Road.
Pauline Crawley, chairwoman of Harefield Tenants' and Residents' Association, said: "The landscape will change, and the viaduct will be very visible to residents in south Harefield, who currently enjoy the views.
"Noise will travel across the open spaces. There are a lot residents in houses along there which will have serious issues to consider."
Hillingdon Council opposes the plans, as does the campaign group STOPHS2, which is backing the fight by communities between central London and Birmingham who are directly affected by the plans.
A public consultation will begin in February, and the council has committed to holding a meeting for Harefield residents in the new year.