The ‘West End Extra’ reports;
“Hundreds of construction lorries will be thundering along the streets of Westminster every day for several years under plans to build a new high-speed train line from London.
The “major adverse impact” of the government’s plans for HS2 have been laid bare for the first time in a 50,000-page report published in the House of Commons.
It confirms plans to demolish several buildings to make way for a giant ventilation shaft in Queen’s Park and another in Loudon Road near St John’s Wood.
The proposals were described as “appalling” by residents and fears were raised that it would create a “massive blight” that “ruins the local environment for all time”.
The £50billion project, connecting Euston with Birmingham, will require a tunnel to be dug beneath Westminster.
Residents and businesses face disruptive construction work spread over more than six years at the site in Salusbury Road with up to 100 HGVs arriving each day during the busiest two-year period.
A second vent shaft will be built in Loudon Road near St John’s Wood, which will result in the demolition of a parade of shops and several residential properties and will see an additional 100 HGVs a day travel to the site near George Eliot Primary School and Quintin Kynaston academy.
The bill says residents of St John’s Wood “could experience combined effects from a significant increase in HGV movements and significant air quality effects, from vehicle emissions,” adding: “The combination of these effects will have a major adverse effect on the amenity of residents.”
It says the massive increase in HGVs and “dust-generating activities” from the works will cause “significant noise” for thousands of people and euphemistically describes the six-year disturbance as “reduced tranquillity”.
It predicts residents of Salusbury Road, Claremont Road and Kilburn Lane will “experience significant noise effects” and “significant visual effects” while the works take place.
Two buildings, a car park, public toilets and a bus shelter will be demolished at the Queen’s Park site off Premier Corner and Kilburn Lane.
They will be replaced with a ventilation shaft reaching 50metres below ground and a large “headhouse” building that will allow access to maintenance crews and provide an emergency exit from the HS2 line.
If MPs vote in favour of the plans, excavation work is expected to begin in 2018 and the site will be not be completed until 2024.
Premier House, which currently serves as a “welfare facilities” centre giving Underground staff somewhere to spend their breaks, and the former Keniston Press printworks will both be demolished to make way for the shaft.
The pay-and-display car park will be ripped up and replaced with a 33-metre long and five-metre high electricity transformer which will be visible from the street behind a metal fence.
Queen’s Park resident Julius Hogben said: “It’s appalling, it’s worse than we were expecting.
“It will cause traffic gridlock for miles and miles around and will be an absolute nightmare. London will come to a standstill, it’s just so ridiculous. I continue to hope that the whole thing is just going to fall into a black hole.”
Ward councillor Paul Dimoldenberg said: “These plans not only threaten hundreds of local properties in Queen’s Park but will leave a massive blight on the local environment when the giant ventilation shaft is built in Salusbury Road.
“From the images released by HS2, the proposed building will be a massive ugly grey shed which will ruin the local environment for all time””