Ickenham to Harefield and Ruislip route shuts for 3 weeks as water works for HS2 begin

the Chiltern line bridge  - 1 of the points where the road closure begins the Chiltern line bridge - 1 of the points where the road closure begins courtesy of Google Maps

A busy route connecting Ickenham, Harefield and Ruislip closes for three weeks from today (Saturday 22 July).

A section of Breakspear Road South from the Chiltern railway bridge to the junction of Copthall Road West will shut until 11 August. See maps below. Residents have been warned that during this period heavy goods vehicles will be operating on and going to and from the site and some footpaths will also be closed.

The company also warned residents in a letter that, later in the summer, they will need to work 24 hours a day to “complete boring the tunnel”, though it does “not expect any noise or disruption”.

Starting this weekend, Affinity Water is carrying out work to move an underground water pipeline to allow construction of the High Speed Two railway. The company said it is “an important supply of water for north west London and Watford area and this deviersion is needed to continue to ensure a safe and reiliable supply.”

The road must be closed “to allow us to carry out the works as quickly and safely as possible”, officials from Affinity Water and HS2 said in a joint letter to nearby residents.

pic below courtesy of HS2 Ltd. Click on image to see full map on HS2 website:

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 GOOGLE MAP showing the road closure below:

Householders were warned that there will be road diversions in place around the affected area and they were urged to find alternative routes for regular journeys.

A statement read: “Affinity Water's contractors, Barhale, will install a new pipeline on farmland south of the Chiltern Mainline across Breakspear Road South, tunnel under the Chiltern Line and connect the new pipeline east of Affinity Water's existing pumping station. Most of the work will involve open cut trenches with a bored underground tunnel underneath the Chiltern Line. We will also need to install temporary haul roads to allow Barhale to access the area and create works compounds for storage and staff facilities.”

Work is set to take place Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm and Sundays 8am to 1pm.

Affinity Water assured residents that, despite other site activities, such as health and safety briefings and deliveries happening for an hour either side of the timings above, these “won't involve operating any machinery that might cause a distutrbance to you.”

Officials promised to "respond promptly to any calls from the community" about concerns to do with the works.

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