High Speed 2
HS2: Camden Council secures further assurances from the Secretary of State
Camden Council secured a package of agreements, known as assurances, before our House of Lords Select Committee appearance on 6 September 2016. These assurances recognise that HS2 Ltd needs to do more to address the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) railway scheme’s impact on Camden, and will help to hold HS2 Ltd to account.
We have published the final assurances letter we received from HS2 Ltd (14 September). We still do not accept that HS2 Ltd's assurances on materials by rail and Euston Station comprehensive redevelopment go far enough to address the concerns raised in our petition. The two assurances were offered on an open, unconditional basis and did not require the Council to withdraw its case at Select Committee.
We appeared on these issues at Select Committee and we are awaiting the Select Committee's considerations on these issues, along with our case for fairer compensation for Camden residents and businesses, and the removal of Clause 48 from the HS2 Bill, which would give the government unnecessary powers to compulsory purchase land outside of the railway scheme for regeneration purposes.
Camden residents, businesses and organisations also had the opportunity to petition on the HS2 Bill in spring 2016.
Camden Council secures over 100 assurances from the Secretary of State
In December 2015, Camden Council secured over 100 assurances on key measures that will help protect the lives and livelihoods of its residents and businesses from more than a decade of the worst aspects of High Speed 2 (HS2) construction.
These agreements came ahead of Camden Council’s Select Committee appearance on Tuesday 1 December 2015. By the end of the committee hearing we had reached agreements on air quality, heritage and the Code of Construction Practice (CoCP). You can now read these assurances too.
We have produced a summary of the assurances we have secured.
Our position on HS2
Camden Council opposes plans for HS2 as currently proposed. If the Government does go ahead with the scheme, Camden is committed to fighting for the best deal for our communities.