BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 15 Feb '18

Londoners begin fundraising for their own New York-style highline

Six months after a successful crowdfunding campaign, the Camden Highline has completed feasibility work that indicates the project is possible.

The project, a rival to New York’s iconic High Line, would link the world-famous Camden Market with the recently redeveloped King’s Cross area by re-imaging the 1.2km disused railway line as a public park and garden walk.

Friends of the Camden Highline

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, MP Keir Starmer and councillor Georgia Gould have all endorsed the scheme and their support has been critical in getting the project onto the next stage of development.

Londoners can help make the idea a reality by becoming a ‘Friend of the Camden Highline’ and donating here.

‘The crowdfunding campaign really showed the dynamic spirit of this city: when we want something, we make it happen. It is in that same spirit that we’re starting fundraising for the construction – to make this idea a reality.’

SIMON PITKEATHLEY
Camden Highline

Speaking at a community event held for the project this week, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said the ‘innovative project’ has the potential to become a real asset for Camden, and that it’s ‘a great example of a local community taking an idea and garnering support in order to make it a reality.

The details

The 8 metre high, 18 metre wide disused railway line crosses eight roads on seven existing bridges and was originally built as part of the North London Railway, now the North London Line, which is part of the London Overground network.

The western end of the proposed route begins on the north side of the North London Line above Kentish Town Road. The proposed route then travels eastwards, to the north of Camden Road station (the section with the largest width), towards Caledonian Road & Barnsbury station, over several intact but disused railway bridges. It finishes by Camley Street, which leads into King’s Cross.

Next stages of the project will involve achieving permissions and fundraising the construction cost.

The Camden Highline team has been working with Network Rail since early 2016 on the technical feasibility detail to do with using the infrastructure showing the project is possible, but also – importantly – the cost is an achievable amount to fundraise.

It is likely there will be a phased approach to fundraising and construction, and the total cost will be tens of millions.

‘Regenerating this disused industrial thoroughfare between Granary Square and Camden Market into an accessible garden walkway will bring the communities of Holborn and St Pancras closer together, not to mention some much needed green space and fresh air. This is a fantastic vision, and I look forward to seeing it become a reality.’

KEIR STARMER
MP for Holborn and St Pancras