THE minister responsible for HS2 revealed his support for communities affected by the transport link yesterday following his visit to Ealing last month.

Robert Goodwill MP, the minister of state at the Department of Transport, met residents and businesses concerned about HS2’s construction in Ealing on April 28.

Mr Goodwill faced residents from Wells House Road, Stephenson Street and Midland Terrace, and businesses from Park Royal, whose lives could be disrupted by the project.

The minister said yesterday: “HS2 will support growth across the country by improving connectivity, freeing up space on our crowded rail network, promoting regeneration, boosting skills and generating thousands of jobs. 

“I know that a project of this scale will affect local areas, and this visit was an important opportunity for me to listen to the concerns that residents and businesses have.

 “I remain committed to working closely with communities to ensure that any impacts are carefully managed.”

At the visit Mr Goodwill made assurances to residents from all three sites regarding potential dust, noise, and green space conservation issues.

He also reassured Park Royal businesses, which could close due to HS2, by saying that the government needs to support small and medium-sized businesses as well as larger businesses affected by the developments.

The visit was arranged by Dr Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central and Acton.

Dr Huq said: “I think the HS2 visit was an eye opener for the minister.

“Whilst these things might appear one way on paper it is only when you see the effects with your own eyes that really brings these situations home.

“I am optimistic that we can reach agreement on the issues regarding compensating individual residents and allowing business to relocate within a realistic timeframe that are by-products of this major infrastructure project.

“An MP I am determined to keep on the pressure so that the people of Ealing and Acton can get the maximum benefit from this and do not end up being trampled upon by the process.”