Boris wants HS2 tunnelled through Ealing & Hillingdon

The Mayor of London has said he wants the whole of the HS2 route through London to be tunnelled in a letter to a campaigner.

The current plans for the line have it emerging from the central London tunnelled section at Old Oak Common then running alongside the Central line tracks through Hanger Lane, Perivale, Greenford and Northolt.

In a letter to an anti-HS2 campaigner, picked up by the Ealing Gazette, Boris Johnson said he is worried about the environmental impact of the outer London section. He is reported as saying: “It is perverse that a section of route through Greater London, clearly affecting large numbers of people, has been subject to so little environmental mitigation.”

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“I am seeking substantial changes in design of the route to ensure these impacts are properly addressed, preferably by tunnelling the whole route through London. Without such changes, I cannot support the current proposal.”

Richard Barnes, Boris’ Deputy Mayor, and London Assembly member for Ealing and Hillingdon, told the Gazette: “Whether building a tunnel through Ealing is feasible or not, Boris has made it very clear that the current route is just not acceptable. And a tunnel would make the business case even more unviable. I’m totally against it.”

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