High Speed 2 is the proposed rail project estimated to cost up to £50 billion to link London to the West Midlands and beyond. HS2 has the potential to cause damage and long-term disruption to Hampstead and the surrounding area for 9-10 years.
Likely effects on Hampstead
- No effective restrictions on HGVs going through Hampstead, so potentially 100 HGVs a day each way up and down Hampstead High Street and Heath Street causing traffic chaos and damage from vibration to historic buildings and their foundations.
- Closure of main roads and many road diversions in the Chalk Farm/Camden Town and Kings Cross/St Pancras area making travel from Hampstead to the City, West End and beyond difficult.
Camden New Journal: traffic jams from Crossrail construction
100 HGVs a day each way
through Hampstead are of particular concern because they will
- damage the foundations of Heath Street and the buildings along it
- cause school-run and traffic chaos
- hurt local traders, many of whom are already in a financially difficult situation
- impede accident and emergency access to the Royal Free Hospital
- create air and noise pollution
We have sought clarification from HS2 and Camden Council about traffic through Hampstead but we have not heard from them. In the absence of these clarifications and, where necessary, effective restrictions w
e are calling on the Government to
- cancel the project;
- consider the alternatives;
- if the project does go ahead, to ensure that the track is built in tunnel all the way to Kings Cross/St Pancras and prevent the expected large numbers of HGVs going through Hampstead village.