As HS2 is today expected to complete its journey through Parliament and secure Royal Assent, West London Business has welcomed the investment in infrastructure that will connect West London with the rest of the UK, whilst the Park Royal Business Group has highlighted the need for HS2 to accelerate its work with businesses impacted by land acquisition in Park Royal to ensure they are successfully relocated and do not close.
Andrew Dakers, Chief Executive of West London Business, said:
“We welcome Parliament’s backing for HS2. This is a hugely significant investment in infrastructure that will increase rail capacity in the UK, speeding up West London’s connectivity with the rest of the country.
Jane Milton, Chair of Park Royal Business Group (PRBG), added:
“The significant disruption that will be caused during the construction phase must not be forgotten. On Park Royal’s eastern edge where almost 75 businesses will have to be relocated, many through a Compulsory Purchase Order of land process, we will continue to work closely with HS2 and the Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) to support the businesses through the transition and minimise the negative impacts.
“With Royal Assent granted we hope HS2 will be able to accelerate their engagement with the businesses and continue to use PRBG as a conduit to reach businesses where required. Above all HS2 must do everything in their power to avoid the closure of any of these businesses and keep them in the local area where possible.
“Construction will also impact on West London’s road network capacity, so here PRBG will work closely with HS2, OPDC and Transport for London to ensure that the timing of vehicle movements follows best practice.”