Breakspear Road South closures from LBH

Notification from LBH:
I would like to take this opportunity to bring to your attention that Highways will be undertaking major emergency highway improvement works to Breakspear Road South Between its junction with Breakspear Road and the HS2 site entrance.

The works will involve carriageway resurfacing between Breakspear Road and the HS2 site entrance, clearing the ditch line on both sides of the carriageway, and renewing sections of kerb line.

HS2 is currently working in Breakspear Road South under a two way temporary traffic light control system with scheduled full road closures between now and the 13th December 2020 to construct two new access crossovers and carriageway strengthening.

Given the sheer decline of the carriageway and the fact that HS2 is currently working in Breakspear Road South under a temporary traffic light control system with scheduled closures between now and the 13th December 2020, Highways will take full advantage of this time to undertake these essential highway improvements in a collaborative venture with HS2 to minimise future disruption.

This will mean that Highways will put in place a full closure of Breakspear Road South between its junction with Breakspear Road and Copthall Road West starting on Monday 30th November with an estimated completion date of the 13th December, however this may be sooner providing no unforeseen issues arise.

Access will be maintained for all residents with a clear signed diversion as follows:

Swakeleys Road, High Road Ickenham, Ickenham Road, High Street, Bury Street, Breakspear Road, and vice versa

Electronic VMS signs will be in place from 25th November advising motorists of these essential works.

BRS lane closure 30 November to March

HS2 Notification: Breakspear Road South lane closure from 30 November 2020 to March 2021;

Posted on Nov 13th 2020 by HS2 in Hillingdon

Lane Closures:

We are building a crossing point for our internal haul road across Breakspear Road South to reduce the number of lorries using local roads. This will be located just to the north of the Chiltern Line Bridge and will be controlled by automated traffic signals.

What to expect

The lane closures will be controlled by automatic signals supported by operatives during the busiest parts of the day.

We will be using the current kerb areas to keep the open lanes as wide as is possible whilst the works take place, with the verges hardened to prevent damage.

What we will do

We will ensure that the need for pedestrians to cross the road is included in our light phasing.

Date of lane closure activity

Site Access Activity:

30/11/20-11/12/20 Northbound Lane Closure Construction of bell mouth Junction (west)

12/12/20-19/12/20 Southbound Lane Closure Construction of bell mouth Junction (east)

21/12/20-11/01/21 Christmas Break

25/01/21-06/02/21 Southbound Lane closure Verge hardening, footway modification

Haul Road Activity

06/02/21-20/02/21 Northbound Lane Closure Construction of Haul Road (west)

20/02/21-03/03/21 Southbound Lane Closure Construction of Haul Road (east)

Piling works in Hillingdon from West Ruislip Portal to Harvil Road from 30 November to Spring 2021.

Piling works will begin in late November throughout Spring 2021 to make way for the foundations of:

o the new road bridge at Harvil Road (over the Chiltern Line and the new high speed railway)

o the new rail bridge at Breakspear Road South

o the reconstruction of the footpath bridge over the river Pinn

o the new railway embankment at West Ruislip

Piling description

Piling work is crucial to the stability of the ground and to distribute the weight of a constructed structure evenly. It is an effective approach to combating corrosion and is proven to significantly improve the life expectancy of a structure. Several different types of piles will be installed, such as bored piling and sheet piling.

Bored pilling

Bored piles are a commonly used form of foundation that provide support for structures, transferring their load to layers of soil or rock that have sufficient bearing capacity and suitable settlement characteristics.

Bored piles require the removal of earth to form a hole for a reinforced concrete pile which is poured in situ. Bored piles are drilled using buckets and driven through rotary boring (twisting in place).

Sheet piling

Sheet piles are commonly used for retaining walls, land reclamation and underground structures. These are sections of sheet metal with interlocking edges that are driven into the ground to provide earth retention and excavation support.

Sheet piles are installed in sequence along the planned excavation perimeter. When arranged together, they form a wall for permanent or temporary earth support, along with anchors to provide extra lateral support.

Construction work

Hours of work

Standard construction hours are Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and Saturday from 8am to 1pm.

Specific work activity may occur outside of these hours, including concrete works and works along the

Chiltern Line during rail possession. When work is due to occur outside of standard hours, we will notify you.

Noise, vibration and dust

To reduce the impacts from piling works, noise generating activities are scheduled after 8am during standard construction hours where possible.

Noise and vibration monitoring will be conducted to ensure works are within project approval limits.

Sheet piles will be pressed into position. In the event that we find hard ground or obstacles, a vibro-hammer will be used for a short period of time to disturb the ground and drive the sheets through the hard areas.

Water carts will be in used to reduce the amount of dust generated by construction activities.

Local roads

There will be some temporary traffic changes to ensure the work zone is safe. Lane closures will be in place and may affect travel times on Harvil Road.

There will be no changes to any of the other roads as you travel through the rest of the area. However, there will be heavy vehicle movements and deliveries of equipment to the work sites prior the beginning of the piling activities.

Large machines, workers and heavy construction machinery will be visible in the area during these works.

Equipment and machinery used will include piling machines, piling rigs, trucks, excavators, cranes, lighting towers, concrete equipment and trucks, light vehicles and hand tools.

for further information (including diagrams and map):

New secondary school on Ruislip Golf Course to be considered

On Thursday 12 November Hillingdon Council Cabinet will consider a proposed agreement to lease part of Ruislip Golf Course for the site of a new secondary school. 

The land in question is east of Clacks Lane in Ruislip (image from Google Street View)

Although outside the Ickenham boundary, the site is approximately 1km from the village pump. For comparison, Douay Martyrs is approximately 600m from the pump, Vyners School is approximately 1.4km and Ruislip High, the closest secondary school outside Ickenham,  is 2.2km.  

Some key quotes from the Cabinet meeting paper on the matter are set out below:  

 “In August 2020, DfE decided to formally to progress the bid from Veritas Academy Trust for a new school called Bishop Arden north of the A40” and that “the Bishop Arden bid in 2016 was strongly supported by parents in the north of the borough since it would provide another outstanding school open to pupils of all faiths and none, living in the local area.” 

“For the past few years, to meet the increasing demand of larger numbers coming up from the primary sector each year, the secondary intake has required additional temporary ‘bulge’ places to be agreed in up to five schools each year to meet the statutory duty to give residents an offer of a school place. In 2020 this was 145 places and is projected to rise each year up to 2024 and then remain high and plateau. However, the Local Authority cannot force academies to expand. Up to now, these have used existing accommodation on the school sites. Most of the 18 secondary school sites across the borough are now full, with no options for further expansions, and most are on playing fields, green belt and/or metropolitan open land which create serious planning constraints.” 

“Ruislip Golf Course is the only possible site officers have identified where a desktop analysis has not identified any significant planning constraints. In this regard the site might still attract resident opposition, but it would be a matter for the Council as a planning authority to determine any planning application on its merits. The land is flat, has an obvious existing vehicular access point (where Hill Lane intersects with the Ickenham Road), is a highly sustainable location close to the underground station and bus routes, is not defined as high quality agricultural land, it is not contaminated land and is large enough to accommodate a secondary school without the necessary new buildings needing to be too close to neighbouring residential property.” 

“HS2 Ltd does not object to the Council developing alternative land uses on the academy part of the golf course and…it would still develop the remaining part of the land as a 9 hole golf course”.

The Cabinet meeting paper and a map of the proposal are online here:

Hillingdon Cabinet meetings are broadcast live on the Council’s YouTube channel: 

Find out more about your Elected Representatives and how to contact them here:

HS2 Works Notification: Breakspear Road South Temporary lane closure, 23 November to 30 November 2020

HS2 is connecting a temporary water supply from the water main in Breakspear Road South that will provide the water supply for construction activities and welfare units at West Ruislip.

Duration of works

These works will take place over seven consecutive days beginning on the 23 November

Work will take place between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 1pm on Saturday

What to expect

Temporary traffic management and the southbound lane closure on Breakspear Road South controlled by automated signals and supervised by staff during the busier periods.

What we will do

Ensure no interruption to your water supply.

HS2 – Imminent Traffic Impacts

Fancy a detour?

We are creating two new site entrances and building crossing points for a haul road on the A412 near Denham Water SkiClub on Moorhall Road. This work is in preparation for the creation of a new haul road to support the construction of the Colne Valley Viaduct.

In order to carry out this work we need to put in place a full road closure on the A412 road over two weekends:

  • Closure between 21:00 30th October and 05:00 2nd November
  • Closure between 21:00 6th and 05:00 9th November

What to expect
Signed diversions for traffic on A412 traffic Weekend closures
Some additional traffic on local diversion route
Marshalled access for residents affected by the closure
The diversion route shown above