Impact of HS2

Overview of HS2 impact

If HS2 goes ahead Camden will be seriously affected during construction.

These effects will be felt for over a decade with the construction of the new Euston Station set to take at least ten years.

According to HS2 Ltd.’s 2013 Environmental Statement, Camden’s residents and businesses will experience the following affects during construction:

  • Impact on homes: 215 homes are set to be demolished and an additional 250 homes in Camden could be made uninhabitable.
  • Impact on traffic: In the busiest month of construction, an estimated 650 HGV journeys will be made per day in the Euston area.
  • Impact on open space: There will be a loss of 20,000 square metres of existing open space in the borough. St. James’ Gardens will be lost forever.
  • Impact on jobs: Over 3,000 existing jobs are at risk.
  • Impact on schools: Maria Fidelis will be significantly affected because of its location.
  • Impact on residential surroundings: In total, 1,095 homes are identified as set to be significantly affected by either noise or vibration. Around 250 properties on Regent’s Park Estate will have to endure up to four years of significant noise and unsightly views.
  • Impact on air quality: An increase of 6.3 ug/m3 in nitrogen dioxide in parts of Drummond Street – pushing pollution levels up to more than double the EU limit in this area.
  • Impact on ecology: More than 200 trees in the borough are at risk.

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