Transport for London quashes rumours Overground trains between Euston and Queen's Park will be cut after HS2
PUBLISHED: 11:01 20 January 2012 | UPDATED: 12:55 20 January 2012
Concerns had been raised that train link could be a casualty of HS2
Transport for London has denied rumours it plans to withdraw the popular London Overground service between Euston and Queen’s Park when the high speed rail link is built.
Thousands of Brent residents use the service everyday but it is feared the line could be scrapped to make way for the new HS2 track and to relieve pressure at Euston.
In chapter three of the report, which was backed by government officials last week, it says London Overground services from Watford into Euston could be “removed” to make room at the station for high-speed services.
However, when the Times asked Transport for London (TfL) if this was the case, a spokeswoman said: “There is no indication that it will have implications on current services.”
Residents living in Kensal Triangle and Queen’s Park are now hoping TfL does not go back on its word once building work starts.
Ruth Ward, who is a member of Kensal Triangle Residents’ Association, said: “I’ve commuted on the London Overground into Euston every day for the past six years and it is busy, fast and reliable.
“It is an amazingly useful line and the potential loss of it due to HS2 will be devastating for the thousands of commuters who use it every day.
“The long term benefits to our corner of London should surely include keeping our essential route into the city for work, socialising and shopping, otherwise the claim the area will benefit from HS2 seems hollow.”
With trains travelling at speeds of 225mph, HS2 would link London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds at a cost to the taxpayer of nearly £33 billion.
It means a tunnel could be built under Kilburn, Queen’s Park and Kensal Green, sparking fears it could damage properties and cause noise pollution.
The line would run beneath Kensal Green Cemetery, in Harrow Road, where engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel is buried.
A new station would be built at Old Oak Common, in Harlesden, and a large two-storey ventilation shaft would be constructed beside Queen’s Park Station, in Salusbury Road, Queen’s Park.
A spokesman for HS2 said: “HS2 Ltd is planning for the Watford to London service to continue running during the redevelopment of the mainline station. It would be for TFL to decide on any changes to the service patterns during and after the construction work.”