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Questions for the council if the HS2 Euston station is shelved

30 August, 2019

• IT begins to look like the HS2 devastation across Camden, of constructing the line from Old Oak Common to Euston in the decade to come, will be avoided because it is the most expensive part of Phase 1 and the most obvious cost saving.

Given that the awarding of the construction contracts has been delayed until at least December (and the tunnel-boring machines have not yet been ordered) we’ve known for many months that there’s been no chance of the trains being anywhere near being on time in 2026.

But Camden’s streets, communities, and lives continue to be hugely disrupted by the “enabling works” that have left Camden looking like a war-torn battlefield work-in-progress.

None of the community groups would shed a tear to no longer have to deal with the ever-changing, seemingly deaf and indifferent, HS2 engagements team staff.

Can we call on Camden, in the event of Euston’s HS2 station being shelved, to promise residents the cancellation of the LendLease Masterplan contract for another Office City and further to demand reparation for out lost green spaces and mature trees from government?

PAUL BRAITHWAITE
Bartholomew Villas, NW5

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