Jan 28 2013 By Carl Gavaghan
Hayes and Harlington MP John McDonnell has hit out at the Government for creating confusion for the people of the borough.
The Government announced this morning (Monday) that it would wait until the Davies Commission report into air transport was complete, in 2015, before making a decision on the spur from HS2 to the country's main airport.
It has, however, retained the option of preparatory and 'protection' work to keep the spur viable and prevent disruption to the main route if it goes ahead.
The Labour MP told the Gazette: "Because of yet another Government delay my constituents are faced with the worst of all worlds.
"This continuing uncertainty is unacceptable. It is certainly no way to run a railway or a transport policy.
"I am calling on the Government to bring forward the Davies Commission report on airports so that this report can rule out Heathrow expansion once and for all and then the Government can be honest about its plans for linking HS2 with Heathrow.”
Councillor Ray Puddifoot earlier told the said that there was an obvious lack of joined up thinking on the decision.
He added: "They seem to be lurching from one idea to the next and hoping that it all comes together somehow.
"It beggars belief."
A Department for Transport report released this morning sets out the route of the second phase of HS2, to Leeds, Manchester and further north, and inclusion of a Heathrow Spur was expected in many quarters.
The report accepts the need for a direct, high speed connection to the airport but says now is not the time.
It will cause years more uncertainty for people living close to the proposed site of the spur junction, to the west of Ickenham, and in the far south of the borough, where the spur would have to pass.
The report says the government - however it is constituted - will consider the Heathrow question after the 2015 general election.
Lottie Jones, of Ruislip Against HS2, told the Gazette that the timing of the announcement was strange. She said: "Perhaps [the Government] have wind of judicial review outcome, perhaps just coming to their senses.
"It is good news in a way but a double edge sword as it now just leaves hundreds of residents in limbo and the blight lives on."