HS2 have not shut up shop
10 April, 2020
• UNFORTUNATELY, Janine Sachs is incorrect in stating that, in order to limit the spread of coronavirus, HS2 Ltd have shut up shop, (The developers of the Swiss Cottage tower should stop the work, April 2).
Notices fixed to lamp-posts outside several houses in Park Village East on April 3 state that, due to HS2 works, parking bays will be suspended from April 20 until June 29 (see picture).
Presumably this is to allow for the erection of an army of huts to house the necessary equipment, catering facilities and toilets required by those involved in the felling of trees and shrubs growing along the railway retaining wall.
The irony is that, to date, HS2 Ltd’s engineers have failed to come up with a workable design to enable them to bring their trains in and out of Euston, forcing the prime minister to declare on February 11 this year that the government would “take proper control of what is happening at Euston… which has been a shambles’ (Commons debate, column 729).
At a time of crisis, despoiling the environment and robbing nesting birds of their habitat under guise of “early works” does not hold water. It is time for HS2 to heed government advice: go home and save lives, for this applies to you too.