High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill Contents


38.Before the May 2015 General Election, Committee members visited areas on the proposed line north of Buckinghamshire, as well as the Colne Valley, Hillingdon, Harefield, Ruislip, Northolt and Old Oak Common. There were also visits to Crossrail, to HS1 in Kent, and to the Arup sound laboratory in London.

39.In June 2015, Committee members visited north Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns. Following the change of Committee membership which took place on 7 July 2015, the new Committee members requested their own visit to those areas. To be most valuable, the visit needed to take place before the September 2015 hearings of Chilterns petitioners, so it was arranged for a day in August 2015. We regret the failure to respect the published arrangements for community meetings on that day. The planned manageable number of community meetings, and the timetable, were disrupted when all stops on the itinerary were treated as opportunities for mass lobbying. Important stops were missed, which frustrated some of the objectives of the visit. This was unfortunate.

40.The new Committee members visited the Arup sound laboratory in October 2015. Later in that month, all Committee members revisited the sound laboratory for a demonstration of train pass noise as modelled for a sample site, based on a location near Aylesbury. This was useful.

41.In December, the newer Committee members had the opportunity to visit the Old Oak Common area as part of a wider visit by the Committee to north London, Camden and Euston. In January 2016, Committee members undertook a visit to the proposed site for relocation of the Heathrow Express depot in Langley, near Slough.

42.The Committee is immensely grateful to all who helped in organising the visits, including local MPs, their constituency and research staff, local authority staff and local residents. The visits were made possible by the hard work of HS2 staff, particularly Jeffrey Wright.

Table 2: Location visited by Committee members


Location visited by Committee members

8 July 2014

Arup sound laboratory

15 July 2014

Birmingham Curzon Street to Water Orton and Kingsbury, accompanied by Dan Byles MP and Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP

16 Sept 2014

Birmingham Interchange site to Lichfield, accompanied by Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, Dan Byles MP, Christopher Pincher MP and Michael Fabricant MP

17 Sept 2014

Crossrail site at Limmo peninsula, Canning Town

7-8 Oct 2014

South Warwickshire, accompanied by Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP and Jim Cunningham MP, and Mixbury, Oxfordshire

27 Oct 2014

South Northamptonshire, accompanied by Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP

2 Dec 2014

HS1 in Kent

15 Jan 2015

Denham, Colne Valley, Harefield and Ruislip, accompanied by Rt Hon Dominic Grieve MP and Nick Hurd MP

5 Mar 2015

Old Oak Common and Northolt, accompanied by Angie Bray MP, Andy Slaughter MP and Stephen Pound MP

11 June 2015

Aylesbury and Wendover, accompanied by Rt Hon David Lidington MP

22 June 2015

The Chilterns, including Wendover Dean, accompanied by Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP

26 June 2015

North Buckinghamshire, accompanied by Rt Hon John Bercow MP.

10 Aug 2015

North Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns, accompanied in part by Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP, and the representatives of Rt Hon John Bercow MP and Rt Hon David Lidington MP (Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, David Crausby MP, and Mark Hendrick MP attending)

15 Oct 2015

Arup sound laboratory (sound demonstrations for new Committee members)

27 Oct 2015

Arup sound laboratory (model of Aylesbury location)

9 Nov 2015

Old Oak Common, accompanied by Dr Rupa Huq MP and Andy Slaughter MP; Kilburn and Hampstead, accompanied by Tulip Siddiq MP; Camden and Euston, accompanied by Sir Keir Starmer QC MP.

11 Jan 2016

Slough, Langley and Iver, accompanied by Rt Hon Dominic Grieve MP and Fiona MacTaggart MP.

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Prepared 29 February 2016