Construction of the HS2 scheme in Camden is set to last 17 years. The expected impacts on Camden include:
220 homes will be demolished (including 136 council homes), meaning up to 1,000 people could lose their homes.
1,300 homes will be affected by noise that requires mitigating measures. Measures are already in place to consider up to another 750 homes.
1.2 million tonnes of demolition, construction and waste material will need to be removed from the Euston station site and its approach during redevelopment. The net effect is up to 800 daily two-way lorry movements in the Euston area during busiest periods, and 90 per cent of those lorries will be heavy goods vehicles.
An adverse impact on air pollution levels at 78 per cent of 198 of locations modelled by HS2 in the Euston area as a result of the scheme.
Open space, trees and facilities
St James’s Gardens next to Euston station will be lost. Euston Square Gardens will be closed for the duration of construction. 504 trees are expected to be removed. Community facilities will also be lost.
7 schools and 1 children’s centre are in the Euston impact area.
73 businesses will be directly impacted by demolition. 145 businesses are located within the safeguarding area (including those to be demolished). Over 300 further businesses are located in close proximity to major construction works. 2,915 jobs are at risk of loss or displacement.
In 2013 the immediate ‘bricks and mortar’ cost to Camden was estimated to be just over £1 billion, to compensate costs such as housing, displacement of businesses, education and transport.
Find out about the work we’re doing to ensure HS2 Ltd meets its commitments to Camden and looking for further ways to reduce the impact on the borough.