Mayor of London Sadiq Khan backs Camden High Line bid
Path will be 'an attraction in its own right', promises developer
03 August, 2017 — By Dan Carrier
How the new link could look
THE creation of a raised garden pathway through the heart of Camden Town took a step closer this week when the Mayor of London pledged £2,500 towards a feasibility study.
Known as the Camden High Line – and modelled on New York’s famous raised gardens which use defunct rail tracks to “green” the Big Apple – the project would create a new pedestrian route stretching from Camden Lock to King’s Cross. The path along mothballed tracks would pass over seven bridges that snake alongside London Overground railway lines.
Plans show various entry points, including Camden Lock, Camden Gardens, Camden Road and Camley Street. Business group Camden Town Unlimited is aiming to raise £37,500 to set up the project. This week, Sadiq Khan pledged the support of the Greater London Authority. In a statement, Mr Khan said: “This innovative project has the potential to become a real asset, and is a great example of a community taking an idea and garnering support to make it a reality. I look forward to seeing it develop.”
The High Line has some serious backers in the Camden property world, including market owner Market Tech and King’s Cross railway lands developer Argent. CTU chief executive Simon Pitkeathley said the benefits would be great.
He added: “Once we have raised the feasibility money, we can send engineers up there and look at what needs to be done. We do not yet know what the final cost will be but we can start working out how we can make this happen. The support of businesses, civic group and public authorities has been great and we are so close to reaching out first target. It will give people the ability to move between two iconic parts of north London in a lush, green environment. We have to consider innovative ways to help the process of change in London. “There have to be imaginative approaches to using the city’s assets such as brownfield links like this.”
Argent director David Partridge said: “Everything that we have done at King’s Cross has been about opening up forgotten pieces of the city to become accessible to all. “The new Camden High Line will carry on this work, bringing life back to a neglected heritage asset.” Market Tech, which owns Camden Lock markets, is keen to get the work started.
Development director Mark Alper said: “The High Line will be an attraction in its own right. Let’s get it built and make two fantastic places even better.”