THE new high-speed train will not be as damaging to the lives of residents as first believed, but will still be life-changing to people living in two roads.
Because the planned link from Euston to Birmingham follows mainly industrial routes, High Speed Two (HS2) will not hit residential areas until it reaches Perivale.
According to Ealing North MP Steve Pound, there will be no changes to the southern side of the Central line track, which the route generally follows.
This will come as a welcome relief to residents of Woodhouse Close, Conway Crescent, Tavistock Avenue and Rydal Crescent.
However, large sound barriers will be built on the northern side, which indicates residents of Selbourne Gardens and Horsenden Lane South will be affected by additional noise.
Mr Pound said: "I spoke to engineers on Monday and it will only affect the northern side which reduces the impact massively. There is a possibility of people selling their houses to the Department for Transport, but we don't know yet, although there is a compensation scheme. It will only affect the northern side, but HS2 won't be high speed until beyond Ruislip."
Peter Fry, of Selbourne Gardens, fears his home may still be at risk.
He said: "We are very close to the line here. Philip Hammond [transport secretary] has said that once the consultation is out, the government will finally talk to people affected. We are hoping to talk to knowledgeable people and find out the facts. We are still in the dark."
Mr Pound added: "Hammond has referred to the objectors as NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard), and I find this offensive. I see decent people who want nothing more than a quiet life and the right to enjoy in peace what they have invested in for most of their lives."
The five-month consultation period opened on Monday and residents have until July 29 to submit their queries about the plans.
There will be an exhibition in Greenford Hall, Ruislip Road, on April 7 from 8am to 8pm.
For more information, including maps of the route and to have your say, visit http://highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk .