RUISLIP will ramp-up pressure on the government in October during a crucial month that could decide the fate of the whole HS2 project.
A much-anticipated and hard-won debate in the House of Commons is scheduled for October 13 and Ruislip Against HS2 chairman Lottie Jones has invited "the whole of Ruislip" down to Westminster to ensure parliament cannot ignore local views.
But the influence of local Conservative MPs John Randall (Uxbridge and South Ruislip) and Nick Hurd (Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner) has again been questioned after it was revealed that they would not be allowed to speak and represent their constituencies in the debate, because of their government jobs.
The pro-HS2 lobby has also been bolstered this week by speeches made at the Liberal Democrat and Labour Party conferences which showed that there is a consensus of political support for the £32bn high-speed line at the national level.
Another crucial moment is due next month when the Transport Select Committee (TSC) reports back to parliament on its HS2 verdict, following an inquiry over the summer when it heard arguments from both sides of the debate.
Mrs Jones told the Gazette: "It is very difficult when you don't know if locally the MPs are opposing HS2 enough to give us a voice. They are supposed to represent their constituencies but they have been told they cannot speak at the debate.
"It is frustrating to hear at the party conferences that HS2 is being supported as a way to support economic growth while they do not have enough information about the impact locally.
"Politics is all about playing games, but we will challenge them anyway we can and we are planning to go to parliament on the 13th with our T-shirts and placards and I am inviting everyone in Ruislip to join us."
Councillor Douglas Mills (Manor, Con) said he thought the TSC verdict could turn the whole HS2 debate and would be crucial in deciding its future.
"The TSC is the most important aspect because if they say HS2 is okay the government will use it to back up their case," he told the Gazette.
A report from the committee is expected to be published in the next few weeks.