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Friday 3rd February 2012 | 14:52
Lawrence Webb, UKIP's London Mayor candidate, has met with residents of Ealing Park Lodge in Perivale who have just been informed that their homes are to be demolished for the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project.
UKIP is the only political party opposed to HS2. The party believes there is no convincing business case for the project which will see some London residents lose their homes in order to shave a mere twenty-three minutes off the current journey times.
Lawrence Webb, UKIP's London Mayor candidate, said:
"The residents are understandably upset, but to make matters worse they now find themselves in a state of limbo and are unable to make any plans for the future because although they have been informed that their homes will be subject to a compulsory purchase order it has yet to be issued.
"But along with the loss of hundreds of homes on the HS2 route, the project is likely to result in many hundreds of job losses as well. When the EU Transport committee first started planning this many years ago they could not predict the level of development that would take place alongside London’s railways in former rail yards.
"Whilst those economic impact assessments that have been carried out concentrate on the completed project none seem to take into account the disruption to businesses in London while the work is being done.
"We are being told that the starting price for this project of £33billion will save a full twenty tree minutes off the journey time from London to Birmingham. What seems to be ignored is that rather than bringing jobs to London it is more likely to bring commuters from Birmingham thus increasing the competition for jobs in London and making it harder for Londoners to find work."
Lawrence Webb is the only London Mayor candidate who has taken the time to visit the residents of Ealing Park Lodge in Perivale to hear their concerns.