Residents in Fairford Leys were concerned when they found a hedge removed and an HS2 construction lorry going down a residential road.
"I have talked to HS2 Ltd and local Parish Councillors about the situation. I understand that this is a ground investigation survey that was agreed with the landowner in advance and that this does not represent the first of many construction vehicles. The HS2 Bill has not yet passed through Parliament and full-scale construction is not expected to start until mid 2017. I have also been reassured that the hedge will be replanted after works are completed in around six weeks’ time.
Nonetheless, this is another example of poor communication from HS2 Ltd which has led to anxiety for local residents who did not receive notice that there would be construction in this area and who are understandably angry that they were not suitably informed in advance. I have expressed my disappointment to their Senior Engagement Manager and I will be meeting with local HS2 representatives to ensure that this situation is not repeated in future."