HS2 roadshow misses “worst affected area”

RESIDENTS in one of the areas set to be worst affected by the High Speed 2 rail link say they are not being fairly consulted.

The �17billion Euston to Birmingham line is set to go through Regent’s Park, before running under Primrose Hill, Belsize Park and Swiss Cottage.

But local groups have expressed concern that none of the five scheduled HS2 roadshows to consult residents are taking place in the Regent’s Park ward.

Resident Margaret Fletcher said: “This is despite the fact that Regent’s Park ward stands to be the most affected with proposed demolition of housing blocks, is a designated Neighbourhood Renewal Area, with a higher percentage of vulnerable residents – including ethnic minority groups, the elderly and disabled in social housing – who are consequently not necessarily in a position to travel to the road show sites in other parts of the borough.

“Unsurprisingly, we believe this calls into question the efficacy of HS2 Ltd’s published Equalities Impact Assessment policy.”

The roadshows are part of a five-month consultation on the scheme called by Transport Minister Phillip Hammond.

The next meeting will take place in Euston Square Gardens on March 24 and 25. The next day it will move to the Salusbury Road Car Park in West Kiburn. On March 28, the mobile exhibition will be open for viewings at the Swiss Cottage Farmers’ Market on Eton Avenue.

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On April 2 there will be a chance to view the plans at the Camden Centre in Bidborough Street, followed by an exhibition at the Castlehaven Youth Centre.