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Ickenham and Harefield in Middlesex would be used for the biggest dump of tunnel spoil in phase one of the coalition’s proposed HS2 railway, GetWestLondon reported (8 Jan 2014).

[GetWestLondon]

Dubbed ‘sustainable placement’ by the [HS2] company, to be placed in three Sustainable Placement Areas, or SPAs, Ickenham-Harefield has been designated ‘SPA1′ – and 2.88million tonnes of waste is on its way. South Heath near Great Missenden, Bucks, and Calvert, north of Aylesbury, are the other two. Neither of those is being asked to take as much as the Hillingdon borough dump.

The Bucks dumps’ total tonnage, 3.97m, means that our area – picked for its ‘suitability’ according to HS2 – must shoulder more than a third of all excavated spoil for the London-Birmingham stretch.

“Sustainable placement” seems to be one of the ‘neuphemisms’ coined for the HS2 project. An earlier example of the new HS2 lexicon was ‘green tunnel’, which turned out to mean a cut-and-cover tunnel built outside an urban area.

The disruption, spoil heaps, and thousands of HGV movements, could be avoided if a “new north – south railway” made use of the former Great Central London Extension, which is largely intact between Leicester and Ashendon (Bucks). GC reactivation could be realised at a fraction of the cost of HS2, thereby allowing a range of other transport schemes to be implemented.

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Written by beleben

January 9, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. The Southern might appreciate a donation, as they might find it both useful, and profitable to restore the original ground levels for the Quarry Line between Coulsden and Redhill, where recent rainfall has left the track overtopped with a slurry slide, and closed for long intervals over an embarrassingly long time over the past fortnight.

    At the North end the railway was actually in a cut & cover tunnel, which was removed due to the problems experienced with the design (brick jack-arches supported off steel (wrought iron) girders). The massively deep cuttings on the line might also lend themselves to the construction of a couple of substantial water supply reservoirs (buried but on top of the new rail tunnels below). After all with all this enthusiasm for digging big holes under London we need all the tipping sites we can find. Details of the removal of the original ‘tunnel’ under Cane Hill were covered in Railway Magazine for February 1955, and show how efficiently the railway managed engineering work at the time.

    Dave H (@BCCletts)

    January 9, 2014 at 11:13 pm


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