North London HS2 link to be scrapped

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP has followed recommendations from the new head of HS2 Ltd to scrap plans to link to HS1 in north London.

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As it stands, link could destroy Camden markets

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.

– Simon Pitkeathley, Camden Town Unlimited

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