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Examination of Witnesses

Part of High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 9th July 2013.

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Sarah Hayward: Yes. For those who are not familiar with Camden, the proposal is that the railway line will come out of a tunnel just by Primrose Hill, which is to the west side of central Camden Town. It is one of the top 10 tourist destinations not just in London or the UK but in Europe, and it has a thriving local economy. The proposal will require eight bridges over eight mostly major roads to be strengthened or wholly rebuilt, although we do not know which because the structural engineering work has not been done to check that they can use the line. That would have a devastating impact on Camden Town’s economy through major road closures, both for people travelling to Camden Town and for people travelling through Camden Town on their way into central London to jobs. It has just not been thought through at all.