The Government's decision on HS2
On 11 February 2020 the Prime Minister announced that the building of HS2 will go-ahead. Our response to the Government's decision on HS2 can be read here.
The Government also published the full report from the Oakervee Review, the independent review called by Government to examine the project.
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.
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 has developed its prolonged disturbance compensation scheme which is now open for applications from local residents.
If you’re a resident living in an HS2 affected area, you can check whether you are eligible on the Department for Transport’s website.
In 2018, Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of the Council, engaged with HS2 Ltd to encourage community engagement. Her letter to HS2 Ltd’s Chief Executive, Mark Thurston can be read here.
Over 200 homes in the Euston area are earmarked for demolition by HS2 Ltd. We secured funding from HS2 Ltd to build replacement housing for council tenants and resident leaseholders who lost their homes to HS2. These include residents in Silverdale, Eskdale and Ainsdale blocks on Regent’s Park Estate and some in Cobourg Street and Melton Street.
In 2018 council tenants and resident leaseholders moved into replacement homes on the Regent’s Park Estate. Find out more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.