How HS2 and Crossrail developments will affect you
This page is to find out more about the construction work to build HS2 and Crossrail2.
HS2 is a new high-speed rail network, planned by the government, which will link London to Birmingham, and then the second phase will link Birmingham to Manchester and to Leeds. Euston station will be the new railway’s end station in London. The Government were given permission to start building the railway in February 2017 and they expect the construction work will last until 2033.
You can see an interactive map of where the railway line will be here, and keep up to date with the latest news on the government website here.
Find out if HS2 will affect where you live here.
HS2 in Camden
You can sign up for email notifications from HS2 in Camden here to find out about what they’re planning for the area, how the railway is being built and what they’re doing to make it less disruptive for those who live in and pass through the area.
HS2 in Camden have a community information centre where you can drop in at the following times:
- Tuesday and Wednesday: 10am-4pm
- Thursday: 4pm-8pm
- First Saturday of every month: 10am-2pm
The new permanent location of the HS2 in Camden information centre is 112 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 2PS, which used to be the National Temperance Hospital. It opened on Thursday 19 July.
If you’d like to get in contact with HS2 in Camden, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08081 434 434.
Camden Council have their own webpage about HS2 where you can sign up to their HS2 e-newsletter and find out more about HS2 and what the council are doing to reduce the impact of the work on the community.
HS2 in Camden fund
The HS2 in Camden Fund is there to support Camden communities during the construction of the high speed railway. It's open to applications for projects that will make a happier and healthier Camden, a better connected Camden, and that build a stronger voluntary or community sector. Find out more about the fund, and how to apply for between £1000 and £100,000.
News and upcoming events:
- Information on funds available to communities and local economies disrupted by the construction of HS2.
- May's update on the work that Thames Water are doing on behalf of HS2 on Augustus Street, Cumberland Market, Redhill Street and Albany Street.
- Network Rail travel changes.
- Lendlease are going to be HS2's Master Development Partner (MDP) for Euston.
- Camden Council have asked HS2 to share details of their compensation scheme with residents.
- Some public green space will be lost during HS2 construction, so HS2 will be providing quality replacement space. Camden Council, who have got funding from HS2 for improving affected green areas in Camden, have been involving residents in planning improvements and continue to do so. Later this year they'll be asking Somers Town residents how to improve green spaces in the area.
- View the 12 month construction look ahead from August 2018.
- The Department of Transport has appointed a new independent Construction Commissioner, who will do reviews of complaints about construction that HS2 receive.
- The construction work is likely to create a lot of noise and vibration that will affect people living near HS2 worksites, so HS2 are offering to install noise insulation in some circumstances. Find out if you qualify for noise insulation.
- The HS2 Team discovered time capsules during the demolition of the National Temperance Hospital. The Museum of London Archaeology have lent their show cabinet of the contents of the capsules to the HS2 Team, so you can take a look at the contents at the HS2 in Camden information centre.
- Thames Water will be working in Robert Street from September 2018 to June 2019.
- You can read the Partnership Action Plan from the Regent's Park Community Conversation January 2019, where local residents raised issues caused by HS2 in the local area.
- There will be closures to Eversholt Street from June 2019 to upgrade utlities. We will update this when we have more information.
- In March 2019, the Leader of Camden Council, Councillor Georgia Gould, and Keir Starmer MP wrote to the new chairman of HS2 Ltd, Allan Cook, to discuss the rise in crime and anti-social behaviour in the local area after work begain in Euston Square Gardens and St James Gardens.
- We have been made aware of plans to entirely replace the utilities in Eversholt Street from June 2019 as part of HS2. The work will take place in sections over six months, and parts of Eversholt Street will be closed. This is most likely to affect residents living on Eversholt Street, deliveries to homes and larger vehicles and bus routes from Somers Town to Camden.
- The entrance to Pennethorne House will be closed between 14 October – 14 November, residents will still have full access while works are being completed nearby. These dates may change by a week or so
Road, lane and footpath closures:
- The west side of Euston Square Gardens, closed to the public in mid-January, will stay closed until HS2 construction is finished.
The Crossrail programme involves building a new railway for London and the South East. As well as an over-ground line going as far as Reading to Shenfield, there will be a new tube line called The Elizabeth line which goes through central London and is expected to open in autumn 2019.
Crossrail 2 is a proposed new railway which would link Surrey to Hertfordshire via an underground tunnel under central London. It would provide new routes for people travelling through London. The new railway would stop at numerous locations including Euston St. Pancras and Tottenham Court Road.
You can see a map of the proposed route, here.
Visit the Crossrail 2 website for more information.