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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: What happened on the King’s Cross railway lands is what Jane has just described—a multi-agency approach of support. Not every partner got every single little thing they wanted out of the development—I probably would have argued for more affordable housing, for example—but it was a coming together of Network Rail, a developer, the local authority, the voluntary sector and other partners locally, to develop a vision for the area, identifying the key elements they wanted out of the site—for example, residential, jobs, open space—and working together to deliver on that.

Currently, that option is not available at Euston station. With HS1, there was a temporary solution at Waterloo station while the King’s Cross site and the St Pancras station option were got right, and we urge that that be seriously considered here. Euston station is not even a once-in-a-generation opportunity; we will build High Speed 2 only once, if it goes ahead. Euston station should be got right, and if the way to do that is to bring High Speed 2 into Old Oak Common for a time—let us not try to do it quickly and on the cheap—let us get it right and deliver the thousands of jobs and hundreds of homes that could be delivered with a proper comprehensive redevelopment of Euston station, with all the partners around the table able to support it.