High Speed Two re-routed away from Primrose Hill but no celebration for Camden

Primrose Hill residents have welcomed news that the High Speed Two rail route will be relocated away from their homes.

Conservative insiders revealed this week that the route will not include a 20m deep tunnel under Primrose Hill for the section between Euston and Old Oak Common.

Responding to the revelation, London Assembly Member Brian Coleman welcomed the news.

“Initial Government plans for a high-speed rail tunnel running right under Primrose Hill naturally caused a great deal of alarm to my constituents,” the representative for Barnet and Camden said.

“They feared their homes would be devalued by the possible subsidence and vibration the tunnel and passing trains would cause.

“I am glad that the Government has listened and opted for a different route. It’s the right decision, and one which was made quickly.”

However, as no exact plans have been revealed for the replacement route it means another area of Camden could be affected.

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Cllr Coleman, who also sits on Barnet council, said the route would be moving “further north” and will include a deeper tunnel but no details were revealed.

Residents living between Euston and Mornington Crescent have also received no news as to whether their homes will be demolished for the line, as put forward under the original scheme.

A public meeting planned for this evening between Primrose Hill residents and High Speed Two management has now been delayed for the first week of November.

But local councillors said constraint was needed in celebration of the news for the sake of the whole borough.

On his blog Swiss Cottage councillor Andrew Marshall wrote last night: “This sounds like good news, but we should remember that if the Euston route - which will be consulted on next spring we understand - does go ahead, several hundred people in the Euston area will lose their homes (though of course with compensation and rehousing). So we want to get the detail of the new route before saying too much.” more.”