Reducing the impact of HS2

Reducing the impact of HS2

The council secured nearly 150 commitments during the parliamentary process that will reduce the impact of HS2 on Camden. We are working to ensure HS2 Ltd meets its commitments and looks for further ways to reduce the impact on Camden:

Compensation: During the passage of the Phase 1 Bill through Parliament, the House of Lords Select Committee recommended the provision of improved compensation to households in close proximity to prolonged HS2 construction activity.

HS2 Ltd is now in the process of developing their Prolonged Disturbance compensation scheme and will soon begin a programme of community engagement on the draft, prior to it being finalised and opened for applications from local residents. There will be multiple opportunities for the community to engage with HS2 on the scheme.

Developing the engagement programme is a complex process, and we are encouraging HS2 to communicate programme developments as soon as they are available. More information will be available on the HS2 commonplace website, as well as FAQs which are currently being developed.

Cllr Georgia Gould, Leader of the Council, has also engaged with HS2 Ltd to encourage community engagement. Her letter to HS2 Ltd’s Chief Executive, Mark Thurston can be read here.

Replacement homes: Over 200 homes in the Euston area are earmarked for demolition by HS2 Ltd.
In 2018 council tenants and resident leaseholders will move into replacement homes we’re building on the Regent’s Park Estate. Find out more

Euston station: We are urging the Government to give full guarantees on timescales and funding for the comprehensive redevelopment of Euston station, integrating plans for HS2, Network Rail, Crossrail 2 and London Underground stations. In 2018 you’ll have a chance to give your views on our draft Planning Brief, which will provide guidance for development around Euston station and tracks to maximise opportunities for homes and jobs. Find out more

Noise: We secured commitments that HS2 Ltd will provide noise insulation and ventilation packages to 1,300 homes that will be significantly affected by noise during construction. The council is ensuring HS2 Ltd uses the best methods to minimise noise.

Traffic and pollution: We secured commitments that will limit HS2 construction vehicle emissions, and continue to urge HS2 Ltd to look for ways to maximise materials transported by rail to reduce vehicles on our roads.

Trees: HS2 Ltd will fund the replacement of trees lost (around 500). We have planted 90 replacement trees and will plant a further 60 in winter 2018/19. HS2 Ltd is responsible for planting the remainder of trees (around 350) on land it owns. Find out more

Green space: Green space lost includes St James’s Gardens permanently, and Euston Square Gardens for the majority of construction. HS2 Ltd committed to providing quality replacement space, some of which will be replaced as part of the HS2 scheme. We secured funding from HS2 Ltd to improve and create green spaces in impacted areas during the construction period. We asked residents for ideas for improvements in autumn and winter 2017, and there will be further opportunities to get involved as individual projects develop. Find out more

Parking: Availability of parking for residents and visitors will be reduced during construction. We are working hard to minimise disruption and have identified alternatives for parking where parking places are taken away by construction works. Find out more

Business and employment: HS2 Ltd will help businesses directly impacted by demolition to relocate, and support hundreds more close to construction.

Schools: HS2 Ltd committed to measures to help pupils to concentrate on studies and ensure safety on the way to and from school. We helped to negotiate the consolidation of Maria Fidelis School onto one site to reduce impacts on the school, with building of the new school well underway.

Support workers: We secured funding from HS2 Ltd for support workers for vulnerable residents.

Temporary use of Maria Fidelis School: We approved plans for the temporary use of the vacant Maria Fidelis School site on North Gower Street during construction. Plans include creating temporary open space, and a Euston construction skills centre to help residents develop skills needed to access local job opportunities. We secured £4.1 million from HS2 Ltd towards the centre, expected to open in 2020. Find out more

New funding: We secured £3.5 million for a Camden Fund from HS2 Ltd to support communities that will be affected by HS2 construction, which will launch in 2018. We have received £2.4 million from HS2 Ltd’s Road Safety Fund, and will work with residents and key organisations on safety schemes. Find out more

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