Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, wrote today to the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP, regarding the HS2 expansion taking place in his constituency. Three weeks ago, following a newsletter from Mr. Nick Hurd regarding the many complaints of the local community against the Colne Valley Viaduct being constructed, and arguing instead for a tunnel due to the wishes of the community, Boris Johnson decided to write to Chris Grayling MP regarding this issue.
HS2 persuaded Parliament and the Government that it would be too expensive to construct a Colne Valley Tunnel, however now that Wendover tunnel is being referred to the Infrastructure Projects Authority and the question is whether the government is prepared to do the same for the Colne valley.
In his letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, Boris Johnson wrote, “I have long believed this is not the best option and my constituents too have failed to be convinced of the argument in favour of a viaduct versus a tunnel option.”
“I therefore wrote in support of Nick Hurd’s letter of 23rd of July seeking equality for our constituents in Hillingdon with the residents of Wendover. We would like to see the costs of a Colne Valley tunnel compared with the current updated viaduct proposals.”