High Speed 2
HS2 is a proposed high-speed rail line from London to Birmingham. Camden Council remains strongly opposed to HS2 in its current form and we are doing all we can to ensure that the concerns of our local communities are heard at the highest level. Find out how HS2 will affect Camden and what we’re doing in response:
- Impact survey of High Speed 2 costs to Camden report (PDF 1.31MB)
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HS2 public meetings – let's get the best deal for Camden residents
If you live or work in Camden you will almost certainly be affected by HS2 if plans go ahead – but do you know how?
Camden Council is opposed to HS2 proposals as they currently stand due to the devastating impact they will have on homes, schools, businesses plus our environment, traffic disruption and pollution. It would blight large parts of the borough for ten years or more.
Join us for the next round of public meetings and find out how to get the best deal for Camden people. Spread the word, tell your friends and neighbours.
- Monday, 17 March - Christchurch School, Redhill Street NW1 7-9pm
- Tuesday, 18 March - Kingsgate community centre, 107 Kingsgate Rd, London NW6 2JH 7-9pm
- Friday, 28 March – London Irish Centre, 50 - 52 Camden Square NW1, 7-9pm.
Read our response to the Environmental Statement
We have now submitted our response to HS2’s Environmental Statement, which is available to view.
- London Borough of Camden Comments on the Environmental Statement: Part 1 summary (PDF 384KB)
- London Borough of Camden Comments on the Environmental Statement: Part 2 schedule of detailed comments (PDF 4.33MB)
For an overview of the issues we raised, please view our easy read summary (Word 41.9KB).
Thank you to all Camden residents who responded to the consultation.
Consultation on new sites for HS2 replacement housing
We have launched a consultation on the suitability of additional development sites in the Regent’s Park area, which could be used to re-provide homes to residents directly affected by HS2.
Please take part in the consultation and give us your views. The consultation closes on Thursday 27 March 2014.
Camden laments HS2 chaos
The House of Lords Standing Orders Committee has recommended that the deadline for public responses to the 50,000+ page HS2 Environmental Statement be extended by 17 days to the 27 February, following the Government’s failure to publish their documents in full, having missed off publishing 877 pages. This comes hot on the heels of an earlier extension to the public response deadline by the House of Commons Standing Orders Committee.
Camden Council Leader Sarah Hayward commented:
“In granting yet another extension to the deadline for the public to respond, it seems the House of Lords Standing Orders Committee has taken an even dimmer view of the Government’s failure to publish 877 pages of their Environmental Statement at the start of the consultation period. Camden Council opposes the HS2 plans as currently proposed, and this organisational chaos is further illustration of the deep flaws in the plans.”
This means that residents and businesses now have until 27 February to respond, extended from the original 24 January deadline. Details of how to respond to this Parliamentary consultation and the consultation documents are at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-phase-one-environmental-statement
Camden response to HS2 Phase Two Consultation
Camden submitted its response to HS2 Ltd’s consultation on HS2 Phase Two with the proposed route from the West Midlands to Manchester, Leeds and beyond.
You can download our response here:
Camden response to HS2 Growth Taskforce
The Council has now submitted our response to HS2 Growth Taskforce report ‘The Challenge’. The submission follows the Taskforce Roadshow meeting in London held on 13 December at which the Leader of the Council Sarah Hayward gave evidence on HS2 impacts on Camden.
The HS2 Growth Taskforce led by Lord Deighton, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, is an independent expert group set up by the Government. The Taskforce is charged with examining the economic impacts of the HS2 scheme and will set out options and make recommendations on maximising the economic growth and job opportunities associated with HS2.
Camden Council will continue to highlight the damaging impacts of the scheme on Camden. Find out more on HS2's immediate cost to the people, communities and businesses in the Impact survey of High Speed 2 costs to Camden report (PDF 1.32MB).
The impact on Camden
The recommended route for HS2 would run from Euston station. The borough will suffer a decade of blight, noise and disruption if HS2 goes ahead.
Construction work on the line would mean that:
- 226 Camden homes are to be demolished - more than double the 107 homes set to be lost along the rest of the line
- 250 Camden homes are at risk of re-housing
- at least 20 business premises, in Drummond Street for example, will be destroyed
- a variety of listed buildings and open spaces – including approximately 80% of St James’ Gardens - will be lost
- the Maria Fidelis School will be significantly impacted because of its location.
Find out more on HS2's immediate cost to the people, communities and businesses in the Impact survey of High Speed 2 costs to Camden report (PDF 1.31MB)
Camden's community conversation
The community conversation meetings held in Kilburn, Euston and Camden Town in December 2013 allowed us to capture residents’ concerns about how HS2 will affect their lives and their area.
We have used these comments to inform our response to the consultation on HS2 Ltd’s Environmental Statement – the document which describes the impact of the proposed rail line on Camden.
View the minutes from each of these meetings: