By Daniel Hunter
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is urging residents and businesses to have their say over plans for the future redevelopment of Euston station and the wider surrounding area.
In response to the current proposal from Government for a new High Speed rail link from London to the Midlands — known as HS2 — the ‘Euston Area Plan’ is being prepared to help shape development in this part of the capital over the next 15 to 20 years.
The plan is being prepared jointly by the Greater London Authority, Camden Council and Transport for London, with the key aims of minimising the impact of the proposed HS2 project, which Camden Council are opposing, and to realise the huge economic potential of Euston and the surrounding area.
Euston has been identified by the Mayor as a key opportunity area with the potential for 5,000 jobs and 1,000 homes. His recently published ‘2020 Vision’ also flags up the huge potential of Euston-King's Cross-St. Pancras to develop into the UK's largest rail hub, which could hugely contribute to London’s future economic growth.
"The redevelopment of Euston offers a fantastic opportunity that could see huge regeneration and economic benefits for this part of the capital and beyond," The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said.
"Getting the right plans in place now will help us to ensure that we get the best outcomes for local people, business and visitors to the area. With the potential to create thousands of jobs, new homes and an important new transport hub, it’s vitally important that everyone has their say.”
The Mayor has always been clear about his support for high-speed rail, however he has always maintained that there are certain changes that are needed to make HS2 work for London. He therefore remains in discussion with the Government over the best long-term comprehensive solution for the Euston area. Following consultation the new plan will seek to properly balance the priorities of the local area with the economic growth potential associated with redevelopment of the station.
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