“Improving rather than replacing”. These are the words used on the Camden Highline website announcing the group’s plan to transform the disused railway between Camden and King’s Cross into an urban park walkaway and transport link.
The railway bridges run between Kentish Town Rd and Camley Street in King’s Cross, and will be turned into a 1.2 km green space with is open to everyone.
The project is supported by Mayor Sadiq Khan and nearly 400 people, including local MP Keir Starmer, the council, the owners of Camden Market and the King’s Cross development.
The plan moved a step closer this week, as a new study has proven that the project is actually viable.
Camden Town Unlimited’s recent feasibility report for the park, provided together with Network Rail, says the project can work in principle.
The project was inspired by a similar one in New York – the route would run alongside train tracks and create a parkland walk.
The whole organisation will be divided in three phases, the first amount of the money needed is £12million, and the final figure is close to £50m, in order to complete the project.
Despite the logistical, political and structural challenges, the project is going to be possible.
However, some points regarding the maintaining of the highline still need to be clarified.
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