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HS2 ‘faces axe’

Leader of Conservatives in Camden wants Regent's Park and Somers Town to be 'put back on its feet'

03 October, 2019 — By Richard Osley

THE leader of Camden’s Conservatives is expecting his party to finally axe the High Speed 2 railway.

Councillor Oliver Cooper has been a long term opponent of the £80billion rail scheme, which is smashing a path through Camden. At this conference, he was talking more in terms of “when” rather than ‘if’ in relation to the possibility of it being cancelled.

The project, overbudget and already late in construction, was put under review by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps over the summer.

Cllr Cooper said Camden should not have the land already flattened by HS2 bulldozers around Euston snatched away from it, adding: “We’ve got to preserve the community that already exists in Regent’s Park and Somers Town. When HS2 is cancelled, it’s important that the community is back on its feet, rather than carving out a new one that’s just for luxury flats.”

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