Oct 17 2011 By James Cracknell
CAMPAIGNERS against HS2 are urging residents to write to the new secretary of state for transport to tell her the project is not wanted.
Unpopular former transport boss Philip Hammond was appointed Liam Fox's successor at the Ministry of Defence on Saturday (15), making way for junior minister Justine Greening at the Department for Transport.
The move was welcomed by Stop HS2 as a "unique opportunity" to make an impression on Ms Greening, who as Conservative MP for Putney campaigned against a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
Lottie Jones, chairman of Ruislip Against HS2, said: "We are delighted Hammond has gone.
"Greening has come from a financial background so we hope she will have a fresh look at the exaggerated cost benefits of HS2 and see just how ridiculous they are.
"She also, as a London MP, should have a good understanding of the issues surrounding Heathrow as she was a strong opponent of the third runway.
"We are hoping she will be able to see the just how devastating HS2 will be to Hillingdon. We are urging residents to write to her as soon as possible - the change at least gives us a fresh opportunity to make our feelings known."
Mr Hammond was derided as transport secretary for his uncompromising support of the £32bn HS2 line that would cut through Ruislip, Ickenham and Harefield on its way to Birmingham.
During his 18 months promoting the project, Mr Hammond never visited Hillingdon. He has now been appointed defence secretary following the scandal over Mr Fox's relationship with his best man that forced him to resign.
Residents can email Ms Greening on email@example.com or write to her at Secretary of State for Transport, Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 4DR.