Heathrow Express Update
Langley Neighbourhood Forum committee member, Bill Birmingham, was invited to attend a meeting of the HS2 Bill Select Committee at the House of Commons on 16th November. He had hoped to be able to put before the Committee arguments supporting his petition against the proposed Heathrow Express depot in Langley in the light of the implications for residents of Mead Avenue and Maplin Park and for traffic along Market Lane and Station Road. However, after consideration, the Committee decided not to give him the opportunity to make submissions orally on the ground that construction and operation of the depot would not affect him personally – though they said that Slough Borough Council could call him as a witness!!! He is very sorry that he could not do more for those who will be affected. Slough Borough Council still has the right to address the Committee to support its petition against the location in Langley of the proposed depot. You can find the Council’s petition and the reasons for its objection at www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cmhs2/ addpetitions2/0152.pdf. Already a planning application has been made to build over 200 houses on the site, but considerably more homes could be built on the site if the Heathrow Express depot does not go ahead.
Work continues to prepare for Rail Electrification
Throughout November NetworkRail have been continuing overnight in Langley with work along the main line in connection with the electrification of the line. In particular, they have been installing piled foundations and in advance of installing overhead line structures. They have informed us that throughout the week until 29th February 2016 they plan to undertake vegetation and tree clearance along embankments between 08:00 – 18:00.
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