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Camden Highline team in crowdfunding bid as garden walkway plan clears a hurdle

PUBLISHED: 15:07 02 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:16 02 February 2018

Camden Road Bridge.     Picture: Camden Highline

Camden Road Bridge. Picture: Camden Highline

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The team behind plans to turn a 1.2km derelict railway line into a garden walkway are crowdfunding for building costs after a study gave it the thumbs up.

The western end of the proposed route begins on the north side of the North London Line above Kentish Town Road. It then travels eastwards to the north of Camden Road station (the section with the largest width), towards Caledonian Road & Barnsbury station, over several intact but disused railway bridges, and finishes by Camley Street, which leads into King�s Cross. Picture: FRENCH+TYEThe western end of the proposed route begins on the north side of the North London Line above Kentish Town Road. It then travels eastwards to the north of Camden Road station (the section with the largest width), towards Caledonian Road & Barnsbury station, over several intact but disused railway bridges, and finishes by Camley Street, which leads into King�s Cross. Picture: FRENCH+TYE

The Camden Highline team want to raise enough to build the line – linking Camden Market to Granary Square in King’s Cross – six months after they raised more than £40,000 to carry out a study with Network Rail to find out if the idea had a future.

The disused railway line crosses eight roads on seven existing bridges and was originally built as part of the North London Railway, now the North London Line, which is part of the London Overground network. Picture: FRENCH+TYEThe disused railway line crosses eight roads on seven existing bridges and was originally built as part of the North London Railway, now the North London Line, which is part of the London Overground network. Picture: FRENCH+TYE

Holborn and St Pancras MP Keir Starmer, one of the project’s supporters, said: “Regenrating this disused, industrial thoroughfare will bring communities closer together. This is a fantastic vision and I look forward to seeing it become a reality.”

The route is 1.2km long, 8 metres high and spans 18m. Picture: FRENCH+TYEThe route is 1.2km long, 8 metres high and spans 18m. Picture: FRENCH+TYE

Camden Highline’s Simon Pitkeathley said the first crowdfunder showed the capital’s “dynamic spirit” in making something happen.

Network rail engineers assess the possibility of a garden walkway stretching from Camden Market to Granary Square, King's Cross. Picture: FRENCH+TYENetwork rail engineers assess the possibility of a garden walkway stretching from Camden Market to Granary Square, King's Cross. Picture: FRENCH+TYE

“It is in that same spirit that we’re starting to fundraise for construction costs,” he said.

To lend your support visit camdenhighline.com

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