London Mayor Boris Johnson attacked over High Speed 2 rail link

The Mayor of London has come under fire for not answering a question about the effect of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link on Camden.

Andrew Dismore, Labour London Assembly member for Camden and Barnet, is calling on Boris Johnson to give him a straight answer as to why the mayor did not mention Camden in his transport manifesto for the recent election.

Mr Dismore posed the question at the first mayor’s question time.

He said: “I think most Camden residents would be capable of answering the question for him anyway - he didn’t refer to Camden because he doesn’t care about the loss of homes and businesses here, he is only interested in the wealthier parts of west London.

“Conservative Mayor Johnson needs to realise the huge impact of HS2 on Camden and its residents and to follow the Labour council’s lead in standing up to the transport secretary in Whitehall.”

A spokesperson for the mayor said: “The Mayor has repeatedly made it explicitly clear that his support for HS2 will depend on several factors and he has already won concessions from government. He will continue to fight for the best deal for people across London affected by HS2.”