Camden councillors welcome Labour HS2 review

Cllrs Sarah Hayward and Valerie Leach outside the Royal Courts of Justice in December 2012 for a jud

Cllrs Sarah Hayward and Valerie Leach outside the Royal Courts of Justice in December 2012 for a judicial review of HS2. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

Camden’s Labour councillors have welcomed the national ­Labour Party’s announcement that it would consider redesigning High Speed 2’s route through Camden, delaying its construction.

Shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle has acknowledged current proposals to link High Speed 1 and 2 (HS1 and HS2) routes through Camden will cause chaos.

It will require the demolition of Camden Lock and Camden Road bridges in Camden Town, and affect 477 homes.

She said that if Labour came to power in 2015 the party would commission a review of the link between the two railways.

The party proposed HS2 in 2009.


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Camden councillors tweeted their joy yesterday. Hampstead and Kilburn parliamentary hopeful and Labour councillor Tulip Siddiq said: “Finally! Good news for our residents in Camden.” Council leader, Cllr Sarah Hayward, said her party’s commitment to a review was very welcome.

Labour has pledged to withdraw support for HS2, which plans to link Euston station with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, if it exceeds £50billion. Costs are caround £42.6billion but could hit £73billion.

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