High Speed Two (HS2) is a new high speed railway linking London with Birmingham, and further north. The new rail network’s London terminus will be at Euston. Two hectares of public green space will be lost there during HS2 construction – the size of two rugby pitches.
While some of the green space will be replaced as part of the HS2 scheme, it may not be ready for 10 years. In addition to committing to replacing open space lost, HS2 Ltd has committed to funding to improve open and green spaces in the impacted areas.
Camden Council want to ensure local communities have access to and can enjoy green spaces during the construction period. They asked us to work with them to talk with residents, community organisations, businesses and visitors about how the funding available from HS2 Ltd can be best used to improve and create local green space.
Between September and December 2017, we ran an online survey and held a number of engagement stalls in key local green spaces, as well as hosting ‘walk and talks’ with residents and going along to local meetings. The results of the consultation are now online.
The Council will use our report as the basis for improving green space provision in the area impacted by HS2 construction. They are already developing some temporary measures to improve spaces that are expected to be in place by summer 2018.