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Highline idea is not good

24 September, 2020

• THE post-Covid-19 world needs more railway investment on orbital routes around London, rather than just into the crowded centre.

Unfortunately a current plan to copy the “New York Highline” footpath in, wait for it, Camden would destroy that chance.

The “Camden Highline” footpath would run alongside the busy North London Line. However the four-track railway viaduct needs properly reopening instead.

The highline would kill the plan to extend some East London Line trains westwards from Highbury & Islington station, terminating at a new platform at Camden Road.

The highline would stop the proper separation of freight trains from ever-more-frequent London Overground ones, like already happens at Caledonian Road & Barnsbury station.

Finally, the most expensive option: the highline would stop the full separation of East London Line trains from North London ones, by using all four tracks through Camden Road station.

In that plan, East London Line trains from Highbury would continue through a reopened Primrose Hill railway station, near Chalk Farm tube.

They would then terminate at Queens Park or at Willesden Junction, near the new HS2 / Great Western / Crossrail station at Old Oak Common.

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