HS2 Heathrow Express Depot Construction to begin in 2017
Slough MP, Fiona Mactaggart, supported by Around Langley Editor and LNF committee member, Bill Birmingham, made a valiant attempt to convince the House of Commons’ HS2 Bill Select Committee not to go ahead with a depot for Heathrow Express on the Langley site. Both spoke in support of Slough Borough Council’s and Ms Mactaggart’s petitions against the construction of the Heathrow Express depot in Langley at the Committee’s hearing on 25th January. Ms Mactaggart referred to air quality and noise that construction would cause and the impact on traffic on Station Road, Langley High Street and Langley Road, but to no avail. It became clear that the depot would be built on the Langley site, notwithstanding objections by Langley residents. At the hearing HS2’s counsel stated that construction had to go ahead starting in 2017 and continuing for 2 years.
The news is that Slough Borough Council have accepted £6.5 million following their withdrawal of their petition for the train depot to go ahead in Langley and a further £1,5 million being given to Iver village for a relief road being built.
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