HS2 updates

1  National Grid works update: Harvil Road lane closure

National Grid on behalf of HS2 will be managing traffic with a lane closure and a traffic light management system on Harvil Road on Wednesday 29 September between 9.30am and 3:30pm. Access to residential properties or business premises will be maintained.

More info:

2  Update: Notice of lane closure at Harvil Road

What we are doing

We wrote to you in August to advise you that we would be carrying out utility connections until 30 September 2021. However, we will need additional time to complete these works which will be extended until the end of October 2021.

We will be carrying out utility surveys and utility connections along Harvil Road as part of the road realignment works. Temporary traffic management and lane closures will be required to ensure these works can be carried out safely.

We will work during off peak hours where possible to minimise disruption.

More info:

local works maps


HS2/Thames Water – High Road

HS2 Works Notification: Thames Water works in Hillingdon

We’re writing to let you know about some planned works that we will be carrying out in your area. 
From Monday 27 September, we will be carrying out trial holes off High Road – opposite the unused road next to the entrance of The Soldiers Return. Our work will take up to six days to complete.

The footpath will remain open for the duration of our works.

The road will remain open at all times, but we will need to close half of the northern lane. There will be traffic management in place to keep the traffic flowing.

Sewer Survey
We will be carrying out a CCTV survey of our survey on the private road of The Green on Tuesday 28 September. Our survey area is expected to cover the public green area opposite the houses.

Enabling work
We plan to start enabling works on Monday 4 October, subject to planning permission being granted by London Borough of Hillingdon with no planning conditions that would restrict such work commencing at that time

Textile (+) recycling change

From LBH:

From Monday 20 September, Hillingdon Council’s textile collection service will change to TRAID – making it easier and quicker to for all residents to recycle unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories.  Instead of kerbside collections, the charity TRAID will run free home collections – and they’ll also take small electrical items such as hairdryers, toasters or mobile phone chargers alongside textiles.

This enhanced service is open to all residents, including for the first time residents living in flats who were previously unable to use the council’s kerbside textile collection service. All residents need to do is book a collection at a day and time that suits them, bag textile donations in a minimum of one large bag or three small carrier bags and then let TRAID handle the rest. They will arrive in a branded van and knock on the door – they will only accept clothes, shoes and accessories (i.e scarves, jewellery and gloves). They will not accept duvets or pillows.

The improved service means that clothes in a good condition can be given a new lease of life once they are sold in TRAID stores. Cllr Eddie Lavery, Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Housing and Regeneration said: “We’ve teamed up with TRAID to make textile recycling that extra bit easier for our residents. This new partnership brings many benefits, allowing thousands of residents in flats to recycle their textiles from home for the first time, and also being able to donate small electrical items. “So, if you’re having a wardrobe clear out or simply have some items you no longer need but are in good condition – from September, use TRAID. It’s quick and easy to use and every item donated helps to make a difference both to the environment and to people’s lives.”

Book a free collection at a day and time that suits you either online at https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/textile-recycling, by calling 020 8733 2580 or emailing recycling@traid.org.uk. When it launches, residents will no longer need to request purple recycling bags from the council but if they have some leftover they can still be used for this purpose.

All profits from TRAID help fund international development projects to improve conditions and working practices in the textile industry. The scheme also helps educate people of all ages about the impacts of textiles on the environment and people’s lives, and how we can make more sustainable choices.

There are also many textile banks across the borough, which you can also use. Details on where they are located can be found on the council’s website.

For more information, visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/textile-recycling.

HS2 work maps

HS2 Works Notification: Weekly map updates for works in Hillingdon    

Please see below links for the weekly map updates: 

Main site activities in the Colne Valley Viaduct area – https://www.hs2.org.uk/work-items/main-site-activities-in-the-colne-valley-viaduct-area/

Main site activities in the Harvil Road & Copthall area – https://www.hs2.org.uk/work-items/main-site-activities-in-the-harvil-road-area/

Main site activities in the Breakspear Road area – https://www.hs2.org.uk/work-items/main-site-activities-in-the-breakspear-road-area/

Main site activities in the West Ruislip area – https://www.hs2.org.uk/work-items/main-site-activities-in-the-west-ruislip-area/

Breakspear Road South problems

BRS remains closed for repairs to the bridge but we have received this today from HS2

Just a note to let you know that overnight someone has stolen the traffic management signage for Breakspear Road South and so there is likely to be a large amount of confusion until this can be resolved.  

None of the metal stands have been taken and so it appears to be either vandalism or an attempt to cause disruption as the signs themselves are of very little value.  

Despite this being a Network Rail closure, the SCS team will assist if requires to reinstate the signage.

Get your MP to support an HS2 rethink?

From The Wildlife Trusts:

Many people are concerned about the serious risk HS2 poses to nature. Last year we were extremely disappointed when the Department for Transport confirmed HS2 would go ahead, without any acknowledgement of the devastating impact on our wildlife.

But now we have another chance. Thanks to a petition launched by Chris Packham, Parliament is about to debate whether to rethink HS2. This is a real opportunity, and we want as many MPs as possible to speak up for nature. Will you invite your MP to save the date and stand up for nature? We’ve created a simple form to help you:

Ask your MP to speak up

HS2 is currently the best example of how NOT to deliver national infrastructure projects, and will leave nature in a worse state for the next generation. At a time when nature has never been more in need of protection and restoration, it is unthinkable that HS2 is destroying whole ecosystems.

Please ask your MP to support the HS2 parliamentary debate and speak up for nature. You can use our simple form to send an email to your MP.

Thank you to the many Ickenham residents who provide ongoing support. Together, we can make a difference for nature.


Nikki Williams
Director: Campaigning and Communities
The Wildlife Trusts