London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith has helped to establish a new working group in Hillingdon with a view to getting HS2 placed in a tunnel under the area back on the agenda.
The Conservative candidate is reports to have made the move following a meeting with Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
Goldsmith said that McLoughlin listened to the concerns of Hillingdon residents regarding the development of HS2 and he urged the transport secretary to reconsider a tunnel extension to minimise disruption.
According to McLoughlin, Goldsmith, current mayor Boris Johnson and other local MPs for Hillingdon, Ruislip and Pinner made “a strong case” for the tunnel and the working group will be essential to ensure the issues are fully considered. The working group will include representatives from Hillingdon Council, HS2 and the Department for Transport.