THE biggest threat to our lives in Camden for the next decade is the prospective building of High Speed 2.
The government has instructed HS2 Ltd to build a Link line to HS1. But the estimate of passenger demand, even by the year 2033, is abysmally low which makes the HS2 "Link" line Business Case Return (BCR) absolutely dire.
In consequence HS2 Ltd has chosen absolutely the cheapest possible solution for them - to use the existing North London Line rail viaduct (built in the 1850s) from the Roundhouse through Camden Road station to St Pancras Way. But the cost and disruption to Camden and its residents which has NOT been factored in is unimaginable.
HS2 proposes to replace EIGHT of the bridges across our roads to the north of Camden Town. That is necessary because continental trains are about 20 inches wider. The disruption will be ENORMOUS and will go on and on and last for eight years from January 2017. We’ve all seen what minor works to water mains on Camden Road, for example, caused in March. But we're being told the impact of each bridge's replacement, which will take three months, won't add more than a couple of minutes to our journeys. Who are they kidding? This will delay EVERYONE whose journey crosses Camden Town, including Overground train users.
There is a current consultation on “The Link” which ends on 11 July. HS2 is encouraging residents to suggest what they'd like by way of mitigation for their inconvenience. The logical over-arching response is “WE SAY NO TO THE 'LINK'.
The spur line for HS2 to Heathrow has already been put on hold and the "Link" should be too. Please HS2 Ltd, go back to the drawing board and design a proper future-proof "Link", because this isn’t it!
Please sign our Petition. Thank you.