RUISLIP was praised for its campaigning this week as hundreds of residents braved the rain to march against HS2.
In its biggest event held to date, Ruislip Against HS2 (RAHS2) staged a walk through the town on Sunday (17) that brought a halt to traffic, but didn't seem to anger drivers.
Jammed motorists instead honked their horns in approval of the march which stretched the length of High Street. It had started with about 300 people but increased in size as more joined in, with up to 500 adults and children estimated to have taken part.
A giant inflatable white elephant highlighted what they all thought of the £32billion plan to build a high-speed railway through Ruislip.
RAHS2 Chairman Lottie Jones said it was a great occasion. "I am delighted with the turnout, it was very good natured with drivers beeping their horns down the High Street. Lots of families got involved which is great to see."
An exhibition was also held after the walk at Ruislip Rugby Club, to encourage everyone to fill in consultation forms and return them before the July 29 deadline.
Gordon Ryell, from Roundways, volunteered to help. He told the Gazette: "I think everyone who came here today will fill in a form, it is not much hassle. HS2 will cause chaos in Ruislip and this is our chance to stop it."
Jean Gibbon, also from Roundways, said even the prospect of HS2 had ruined her retirement plans. "If we wanted to move to the seaside we couldn't. We have been told by an estate agent that we are blighted and wouldn't be able to sell."
The weekend's event was also attended by people from outside the area. Stan Mason, from Amersham, said: "The amount of support you have got in Ruislip is very impressive. It is great that so many people are aware of it."
Peter Fry, chairman of Perivale Action Group, said: "We are heartened to see the support there is in Ruislip and also from the council and the Gazette."
Councillor Douglas Mills (Con, Manor), gave a rousing speech on behalf of council leader Ray Puddifoot, who was at the Autoshow.
Mr Mills said: "This proposal is fundamentally flawed and fails in every aspect from the consultation process to the environmental case and the business case. Hillingdon Council has pledged £200,000 to fight this proposal through the courts."