Mayor Boris insists HS2 at Euston is ‘a must’ as he fights re-route away from Camden

Thursday, 26th September 2013

Boris Johnson

Published: 26 September, 2013
by TOM FOOT and RICHARD OSLEY

THE Mayor of London has told the New Journal that it would be “completely unacceptable” for HS2 to be re-routed away from Camden.

Boris Johnson (pictured) said that there needed to be “properly thought through connectivity” between Euston and the Eurostar lines if the £43billion scheme is to work.

It follows Conservative infrastructure minister Lord Deighton, who is charge of a review of HS2 costs for the Treasury, saying that he is “considering” axing the expensive final stretch of the line through Camden and terminating the line at Old Oak Common.

Mr Johnson said: “HS2 will be a critical driver of growth across the country, a vast high-speed link between our great cities, driving jobs, enterprise and wealth creation, but it would be completely unacceptable for HS2 to terminate at Old Oak Common – the station would be full to bursting from the start.

“For HS2 to work it has to be the right HS2, properly connected to HS1.

"Depositing people on the doorstep of Wormwood Scrubs simply won’t work and there needs to be properly thought through connectivity around Euston to make the project a success.”

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