EVERYONE in the borough must get involved in the battle to stop HS2 after a major clue to the route of the Heathrow spur was revealed.
The call has come from campaigners who live close to the rail corridor, who say now the fight is no longer just theirs.
HS2 Ltd has confirmed the spur will leave the main line at a point to the west of Breakspear Road South, between Ickenham and West Ruislip.
The track will then head towards the airport, although the Department of Transport is yet to release the precise route.
“People in the south of the borough who thought they may not be too badly affected by HS2 should now be thinking again,” said Lottie Jones of Ruislip Against HS2.
“This spur is going to run through the south of the borough all the way to the airport and there is no telling how many people, homes and businesses it will impact upon.
“People should act now – as before they know it the route will be in place and it will be too late to do anything.
“They need to make their voices heard now.”
The location of the spur was revealed by HS2 engineers at the Ickenham and Ruislip Community Forum on Thursday of last week.
Ickenham Residents’ Association member, Brian Adams, told the engineers the location of the spur would “cause a great deal of concern to the people of Ickenham”.
The news put to an end to any hope protesters had of extending the proposed tunnel that will carry HS2 under West Ruislip.
Miss Jones added: “This is another case of HS2 pulling a rabbit out of hat on us.
“They claim not to know the route of the spur, but given what we have seen, how can we believe them, especially as it appears people in Denham have been told by HS2 where their spur will go?”
A separate meeting on the same night, involving Colne Valley residents and attended by representatives of the Harefield and Denham anti-HS2 groups, was told similar news.
The route of the spur is in the hands of the transport secretary, Justine Greening, and will be announced in the autumn.
A spokesman for HS2 Ltd said that a tunnel had been proposed for the spur, from close to West Ruislip, to minimise impact on the area, but that no route had been decided and he could not say if the tunnel would run all the way to Heathrow, some seven miles.