The ‘Camden Highline’ project appears to be doomed

Thursday, 24th June 2021

• HENRY Conlon quite rightly praises the good deeds of the Camden Town Business Improvement District in transforming parts of the district, (Life would be very different without the Camden Town BID, June 17).

As he correctly says areas that used to be grubby, poorly cared for and shabby have been brought back into life. However his BID’s well-publicised “Camden Highline” project seems doomed and Mr Conlon needs to accept that.

The reason? A report on May 25 by Network Rail means the railway bridges and the unused third platform at Camden Road station would be brought back into use by London Overground when agreement with the Department for Transport on funding can be reached.

Camden Road is one of five Network Rail priority schemes in London in the report. It is unlikely all would be funded at the same time, but inconceivable that new track and Platform 3 had to wait until the removal of millions of pounds of temporary Highline construction.

That Network Rail report ought to kill off the Highline. It’s the first hard evidence that a temporary, “nice-to-have” Camden-to-King’s Cross footpath would stop extra London railway capacity for passengers and freight trains being delivered as soon as possible.

Finally, any third platform at Camden Road opens the possibility of a fourth, and the extension of the East London Line trains from Highbury & Islington, through Primrose Hill station (closed in 1992) to South Hampstead station and beyond. The tracks to do that are already there.

NEIL ROTH
Honorary Secretary
Future Transport London

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