Commenting on today’s report on HS2 by HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins, Chief Executive of Camden Town Unlimited, Simon Pitkeathley said:
Sir David is right to say that the current HS1-HS2 link is sub-optimal and needs to be reconsidered.
The link as it stands tears through the heart of Camden Town, potentially destroying our world-famous markets and causing over a decade of disruption to the area. Tunnelling the link instead of ripping through Camden Town above ground will mean that HS2 passengers get a better service, and Londoners don’t lose one of the most vibrant and creative areas of our city.
We need urgent clarification from HS2 Ltd on the plans for the Link so that Camden Town is not left with years of blight due to uncertainty.
HS2 contingency savings cannot be guaranteed, the project's chairman has told ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship:
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HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins wants ministers to "reconsider" the link which is fiercely opposed by the local community. @itvlondon
Demand on Britain's rail service is "growing at 5%" every year, the chief executive of HS2 told Daybreak.
Sir David Higgins said a completed HS2 line would cure a multitude of economic woes, including creating jobs, lure more businesses to the north and help create more space for passengers.
"No new railway lines north of London in 100 years - why should we put up with that? It's not fair on jobs that are created in the region."
The National Audit Office has said the High Speed 1 rail link from London to the Channel Tunnel has failed to meet its targets for passengers numbers. In a new report, the NAO said the number of people using it between 2007 and 2011 was just two-thirds of the level that was predicted in 1998.