Change to utility works at West Ruislip

From HS2

We wrote to you recently to advise you that from 6 December 2021 to 28 May 2022, we would be carrying out utility works near West Ruislip train station.

The main utility works, including the central reservation removal and utility relocation along High Road and Ickenham Road near West Ruislip station have now been rescheduled and will take place in January 2022.

We will notify you with the new date once confirmed.

URC activity this weekend

From URC

There’s plenty going on this coming weekend at the URC!  On Friday evening the church will be open from 6pm to 9pm for a festive display on the theme of LIGHT, accompanied by stalls of Christmas goods, small bric-a-brac and quality second-hand books and a bran tub for the children.  There will be seasonal refreshments in the Oasis coffee shop, an update on CLICK Rukiga and a raffle with prizes including Sunday lunch for four at the Fairways Carvery and a £25 meat voucher from Ickenham Village Butchers.  We will be open again on Saturday morning from 10am to 12 Noon for a Festive Coffee Morning, with the stalls still open and augmented by one of the famous Butterflies book stalls.  There are no admission charges at any point so we look forward to seeing you.

HS2 Works Notification Update

From HS2

We’re writing to update you about some planned works that have now been rescheduled.

Harvil Road and Breakspear Road South
• The culvert surveys that were planned for this week 29 November to 3 December on Harvil Road did not go ahead as planned. These works have now been rescheduled to take place the week commencing the 6th December 2021.

Works will take place between 8pm and 5am on these dates.

West Ruislip
• We wrote you in September to advise you that we would be installing a dewatering system at our site at West Ruislip Portal. Part of these installation works will be carried out over two weekends, on 11 and 12 of December, and 18 and 19 of December 2021.

Works will take place between 8am to 6pm on these dates. We will ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.

More information at

Thames Water/Soldier’s Return

Thames Water update
We are working to divert our sewer to make way for the new HS2 railway. Following the London Borough of Hillingdon’s planning approval with planning conditions, we have received sign off of some of the conditions. This means we can plan to build the entrance point of the temporary haul road off High Road, Ickenham.

New road entrance
Subject to approval from the London Borough of Hillingdon, we will carry out work from Monday 13 December until Friday 24 December. This will be to construct a new road entrance off High Road, next to the entrance of The Soldiers Return.

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

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

Future work
We will not be working over the Christmas period and the site will close from 24 December until 4 January 2022.

When we restart our work, we will continue to construct the temporary road from the new access point to the Ickenham Green allotments.

More information:

Breakspear Road South closure – update

Breakspear Road South will be closed at the Chiltern Line Bridge from 12.01am Friday 26/11/21 for eight days while Network Rail carries out emergency repairs due to two bridge strikes in the last week.

Two HGV lorries (large high-sided lorries) struck the side of the Chiltern Line Bridge, on 18/11/21 and again on 23/11/21. In the photos below, you will see visible damage to the underside of the bridge, including where brickwork has fallen onto the carriageway.
Unfortunately there have been an increased amount of reported cases of HGV vehicles striking this bridge, with the Police confirming 15 incidents during this year alone. As a result Hillingdon Officers and Network Rail have worked together to facilitate the closure of the Breakspear Road South after the latest incident. This collaborative working will benefit our residents as we are now aware of the closure in advance (something that did not happen previously), and can communicate and plan for the closure.
Officers have engaged with HS2 and its contractors to ensure there are no temporary traffic lights on the adjacent Harvil Road during this closure, and have instructed HS2 to make sure they take full advantage of this closure by bringing forward any planned works on Breakspear Road South while the closure is in place.
Officers have requested that a Road Safety Audit is carried out as a matter of urgency (and paid for by HS2) to look at the location of the traffic lights in place on this section of Breakspear Road South. The traffic lights have been installed by HS2 to facilitate the movement of HS2 vehicles exiting the HS2 Site located just to the north of the Bridge, and are planned to be in place until at least 2024.
Officers will continue to proactively explore all available options to eradicate these bridge strikes from happening, and will continue to work in collaboration with Network Rail and HS2 and their contractors to ensure the best possible outcomes for our residents should these incidents occur in the future

HS2 update

We’re writing to let you know about some planned works that will be happening in your area. 
Works are ongoing at our site at West Ruislip to build the two Tunnel Boring Machines and the launch chamber area.  From 6 December 2021, we will be carrying out the following activities:

• Preassembly of Tunnel Boring Machine
• Assembly of works area
• Tunnel Boring Machine Assembly
• Gantry assembly

We will only carry out activities agreed with the London Borough of Hillingdon and will adhere to the agreed working hours, noise and vibration limits.

You may notice periods of increased noise during these works. To minimise noise, acoustic screens and tents will be used.

We would like to apologise in advance for any disruption or inconvenience this may cause. Every effort is being taken to ensure that these works are carried out in the least impactful way. We will ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.

More info:

Breakspear Road South closure

Apologies, we have only just picked this up.
We have been advised by Network Rail that last Wednesday 17th November, the Network Rail Chiltern Line Bridge, where it passes over Breakspear Road South, was struck by a Heavy Goods Vehicle approaching from the south.
Network Rail has advised that they will use their emergency powers to close Breakspear Road South today 25 November from Breakspear Arms to Swakeleys Road.  The closure will last for 7 days during which they will carry out the necessary examination and repairs.
The HGV was not undertaking HS2 related works.  Please note that this road closure will affect the current Celandine Way diversion as this route passes under the Chiltern Line Bridge. We may need to close this diversion for safety reasons

Upcoming utility works at West Ruislip

From 6 December 2021 to 28 May 2022, we will be carrying out utility works near West Ruislip train station, in the area shown on the link below. These works are to prepare for the start of tunnelling in 2022.

During the first phase of these works, we will remove the central reservation which will help to facilitate the works and maintain two way traffic flow at all times. Estimated dates 6 to 24 December 2021.

During the second phase, we will be carrying out the main utility works which includes excavation, installation and reinstatement of the gas mains and installation of water valves. Estimated dates 10 January to 30 April 2022.

In the final phase we will be reinstate the central reservation and pedestrian crossing. Estimated dates 2 to 28 May 2022.

How the surveys might affect you

In order to carry out this utility work safely:
• A footpath diversion will be in place including a temporary pedestrian crossing located either side of the work area
• The cycle path will be closed for the duration of these works
• The West Ruislip bus Stop S and Stop M will be suspended and placed temporarily in a safe location.

Your utility services will not be affected.
You may notice periods of increased noise during these works.

We would like to apologise in advance for any disruption or inconvenience this may cause. Every effort is being taken to ensure that these works are carried out in the least impactful way. We will ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.