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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:

Take part in our "Getting a fair deal for Camden on HS2" web chats

If your home or business will be affected by HS2 in Camden you are invited to take part in the web chats we are hosting on Tuesday 15 July 2014 from 1-2pm and on Thursday 17 July from 7-8pm, to talk about the issues that concern you most.

The discussion will form part of Camden Council’s community conversations on HS2, which is a way of making sure we raise the issues that concern you most in our work to improve the deal for the borough.

The web chats will be open for one hour. To join them:

Tuesday, 15 July 2014: Visit We Are Camden between 1-2pm
Thursday, 17 July 2014: Visit We Are Camden between 7-8pm.

If you wish, you can email your questions in advance to highspeed2@camden.gov.uk and we will answer them during the web chats.

Select Committee Information

A select committee of MPs will hear from people, businesses and organisations who petitioned against the HS2 bill from July 2014 onwards.

The committee will hear evidence from petitioners in geographical sequence, starting with issues surrounding Curzon Street Station in Birmingham, before moving south down the line. Route-wide issues will be discussed at various points during this process and we will update you as soon as we know when these are likely to be.

As a result, petitioners from Camden await news of the dates at which they will be called to speak. At least four weeks’ notice should be given to petitioners of the date on which they are due to be heard.

Tutorials will be given by HS2 Ltd to the select committee on noise in July.

Select committee latest timings

The committee will start on Tuesday 1 July 2014, sit until Tuesday 22 July and then return to sit in September 2014 following the summer recess.

The committee will sit as follows:
• Tuesdays: 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5pm
• Wednesdays: 9.30am to 11.30am and 2pm to 5pm
• Thursdays: 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5pm as necessary.

The committee may also carry out evening sittings, in which case they might not sit on Thursday afternoon.

Please view the programme for July hearings and information on the procedure for speaking before the select committee.

Select Committee Members

The select committee will be made up of the following MPs.

Mr Robert Syms, Chairman (Conservative) – Poole
Mr Henry Bellingham (Conservative) - Norfolk North West 
Sir Peter Bottomley (Conservative) - Worthing West 
Ian Mearns (Labour) - Gateshead
Yasmin Qureshi (Labour) - Bolton South East
Mr Michael Thornton (Liberal Democrat) - Eastleigh

Camden submits its petition

Camden Council submitted its petition to Parliament on Wednesday 14 May.

MPs vote for HS2 at Second Reading

On 28 April parliament voted for HS2 to go ahead.

We had called on Members of Parliament to vote against the Bill and do everything they could to oppose the current scheme, to protect the homes and livelihoods of thousands of Camden residents and businesses.

We are disappointed but will continue to make representations as the Bill now passes to Committee and will be publishing our full petition online shortly to help residents who wish to make their own representations. Find out about the petitioning process.

Read our response to the Environmental Statement  

We have now submitted our response to HS2’s Environmental Statement, which is available to view.

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. 

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) 

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