Comment: Lead spokesman for HS2 Ltd tells Camden residents why they should welcome HS2

16:00 20 March 2014

Lead spokesman for HS2 Ltd Ben Ruse

Lead spokesman for HS2 Ltd Ben Ruse

HS2 Ltd

Lead spokesman for HS2 Ltd tells readers of the Ham&High why the High Speed 2 rail project is good news for Camden.

Readers of the Ham&High will be well aware that Camden borough is an area key to the High Speed 2 project. It is also one that featured significantly in a new report on the scheme published earlier this week.

The report, HS2 Plus, was the result of new HS2 Ltd chairman Sir David Higgins’s eight-week review of the project. Sir David firmly believes HS2 can act as a catalyst for change on a national and local level.

It is clear that Camden is one such area that stands to benefit from HS2 in terms of the jobs, homes, development and opportunities it presents.

The report makes the case for capitalising on the chance to create a new, larger Euston station, which not only makes greater sense from a transport perspective but would also transform the surrounding neighbourhood.

We have seen how similar developments at King’s Cross, St Pancras and now London Bridge have regenerated their respective areas, and redevelopment of Euston on the scale suggested, and the accompanying commercial growth, would be a huge boon.

More people using Euston and its surrounding area would generate substantial investment and have a positive effect on the local economy. The regeneration would include new mixed public housing, retail and private development.The existing station looks tired and is nearing its sell-by date. It deserves better and the local community deserves better. Restoring the landmark Euston arch would also significantly improve the appearance of the neighbourhood.

Hopefully this vision can become a reality and HS2 Ltd can look forward to continue working with Camden Council, the community, and other stakeholders, to ensure the full potential of a regenerated Euston is realised and the borough is able to get the most from its associated benefits. Likewise, we will work closely with them to mitigate and minimise any disruption during the development.

The report also recommends the removal of the planned HS1-HS2 link that presented a limited solution to link the two high speed lines. While the recommendations made in the report are currently just that, the initial reaction has been encouraging.


Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories


Cyclists say they are lucky nobody was seriously injured after tacks were discovered on the roads inside Regents Park as the row over a proposed new cycle superhighway in north west London escalates.

Mental health campaigner Marjorie Wallace may have just won a Woman of the Year award, but she believes care is not much better than 30 years ago

Yesterday, 08:03

A colourful man-about-town has reformed his fringe political party on the back of the Brexit result - which he said is “a step in the right direction” towards abolishing the existing system

Fri, 16:26

Controversial plans to build a 10-storey “big ugly block” of luxury flats in Hampstead were last night waved through by Camden Council.

Fri, 07:00

A row has broken out over plans to dig out a basement car park and swimmming pool next to Hampstead Heath.

Thu, 17:15

A heritage campaigner has told of his devastation after he watched raiders ransack a disused pub that he fought to preserve.

Thu, 15:45

A historic red phone box in Highgate Village could soon be a tiny office space, complete with printing, scanning, copying and wifi

Thu, 11:00

Camden parents were forced to pay a total of £20,000 in school fines in the last year, new figures have revealed.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news


Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now