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Improved local webpages launched on HS2 website

Over the past few months, we have introduced a number of improvements to the HS2 website and how we share information with you. As part of this work, we have now moved the contents of the HS2 in Camden website to the In your area section of the HS2 website.

We will continue to provide local webpages and publish information about the progress of the railway in your area.

  • Visit www.hs2incamden.co.uk for the latest updates on the planning and delivery HS2 in your area .
  • Use our In your area map for information about current and planned HS2 works taking place in your area.
  • Make sure you are subscribed to our email mailing lists to continue to receive updates from us.
  • We have also published local community landing pages for each section of the route. These provide information about the HS2 route within each area.

    We will continue to produce regular updates about the project, including notifications of our upcoming works, how it’s being constructed and what we’re doing to make it less disruptive.

    If you would like to continue to receive updates from us and haven't already registered, please sign up directly at engagement.hs2.org.uk/join-mailing-list . We will ask you to confirm your email address as part of the sign-up process.

    The personal information you provide will be handled in accordance with current data protection legislation and only used for the purposes for which you have provided it. Find out more about what we will do to keep your information safe in our Personal information charter .

    We will no longer use this platform or Commonplace to publish information or issue emails to you. This website has now been archived. You can still access the materials that were originally available on this website by visiting the HS2 in Camden overview page .

    Contact us if you have any questions

    If you have any questions about these changes or would like some help signing up to receive email updates from us please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team, available all day, every day on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 19th August 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 in your area: Sign up to our Virtual 1-1s for Adelaide Road and Canterbury Works sites

    You can now sign up to our virtual one to one sessions on 18th August from 3pm-6pm. This is your opportunity to to ask us and our contractors about our works on Adelaide Road site and Canterbury works site.

    You can find out more information here or book your session directly here

    If you have any questions our Helpdesk team are available all day, every day to answer any questions or concerns. You can contact the Helpdesk on Freephone 08081 434 434, by Minicom on 08081 456 472 or by Email: HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 12th August 2021

    by HS2

    HS2 works update in Euston Throat, Camden Cutting and Parkway

    Works in the Euston Throat worksite from July onwards

    We are expanding the railway cutting in the area between Hampstead Road and Granby Terrace to make way for the new HS2 railway tracks. As part of these works, we will construct a new retaining wall on the Regent’s Park estate side of the cutting. We will then excavate the ground between Hampstead Road and Granby Terrace to widen the railway cutting.

    For details of these works, please see our works information .

    Update: Hampstead Road central reserve removal – July to end of August

  • Northbound lane will remain closed until the works are complete.
  • Vehicles will be able to access Varndell Street from Hampstead Road from 12 August.
  • Access from Varndell Street onto Hampstead Road will remain closed until the works are complete at the end of August.
  • For details of these works, please see our works information.

    Overnight CCTV utility survey on Parkway - 23 to 25 August

  • We will carry out the works over two-night shifts, working from 8pm to 5am the following day.
  • A section of the lane in front of the properties at 117 to 129 Parkway will be closed to create a safe working area.
  • Access to these properties will be maintained at all times.
  • These works will not be noisy and will not cause disruption to the sewer system.
  • For details of these works, please see our works information.

    UKPN cable install on Mornington Street bridge from 23 August to 13 September

  • Works will be carried out in phases within the south-side footway and westbound carriageway on Mornington Street bridge.
  • Each phase will require footway and lane closures on Park Village East, Mornington Street bridge and Mornington Terrace, with temporary traffic lights in place.
  • The bridge will remain open.
  • Vibratory sheet piling trial within Camden Cutting worksite are delayed until 12 to 18 August.

    For details of these works, please see our works information .

    If you have a question about HS2 works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 6th August 2021

    by HS in Camden

    Keep up-to-date with HS2 in your area: Please remember to sign up to our mailing list

    As part of our ongoing pledge to keeping communities informed about the planning and delivery of the HS2 project, we are introducing a number of improvements to how we share information with you .

    This is a reminder that we're moving your local website within the HS2 website.

    This summer we will be moving the contents of this website over to the 'In your area' section of the main HS2 website. We are also changing the way that we issue email updates about the project and giving you more choice about how you would like to receive information from us.

    We have published local community landing pages for each section of the route between London, the West Midlands and Crewe. These provide information about the HS2 route within each area. Over the coming weeks we will be adding further pages and information to each area.

    We are now in the final stages of this transition which is expected to be completed by mid-August, however we will write to you again to confirm this nearer the time.

    Join the HS2 mailing list to continue to receive updates from HS2 about the project

    We will no longer be using this website or Commonplace to issue email updates to you. Instead, we are asking that you sign up to receive information from HS2 directly. We will continue to produce regular updates about the project, including notifications of our upcoming works, how it’s being constructed and what we’re doing to make it less disruptive.

    If you would like to continue to receive updates from HS2 you can sign up for email notifications at engagement.hs2.org.uk/join-mailing-list . We will ask you to confirm your email address as part of the sign-up process.

    The personal information you provide will be handled in accordance with current data protection legislation and only used for the purposes for which you have provided it.

    Find out more about what we will do to keep your information safe in our Personal information charter .

    Contact us if you have any questions

    If you have any questions about these changes or would like some help signing up to receive email updates from us please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team, available all day, every day on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 6th August 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 harnessing the power of pioneering 3D concrete printing to help cut carbon on project by up to 50 per cent

    In a UK first, on-site 3D reinforced concrete printing is set to deliver environmental, cost and community benefits for Britain’s new high speed rail network .

    The cutting-edge technology, called ‘Printfrastructure’, will be deployed by our London tunnels contractor SCS JV (Skanska Costain STRABAG Joint Venture), in a move that represents a major step forward in construction technology.

    Printing concrete with computer operated robots will enable SCS JV to make structures on site, instead of transporting them as pre-cast slabs by road before being assembled and lowered into place by large cranes.

    As flexible mobile technology, 3D concrete printing enables the technique to be deployed in physically-restricted areas – avoiding the need to develop complicated and potentially expensive logistical plans.

    Where our construction is happening besides a live railway, it also offers an opportunity to deliver works without disrupting the travelling public as a robot will print the reinforced concrete, enabling construction to continue and trains to run at the same time.

    Previously work would have taken place overnight after trains have stopped running, potentially disturbing the local community, or would have required the suspension of services to ensure safe working.

    Using a computer-controlled robot enables the reinforced concrete structures to be printed with a strengthening unique internal lattice structure, which not only significantly reduces the quantity of concrete required but also cuts waste.

    But the breakthrough is underlined by technology developed by SCS JV’s Worcestershire-based partner, ChangeMaker 3D. Working with UK advanced materials specialist, Versarien, the high-tech compnay's innovation takes the 3D concrete printing process and combines it with the strongest material ever tested: graphene.

    Concrete with microscopic strands of graphene only several atoms thick running through it like stripes in a stick of rock replaces traditional steel to help drive improved site safety, greater construction flexibility, shorter build time and a smaller carbon footprint.

    SCS JV estimates that the process it is developing with the Midlands firm could reduce the concrete used and contribute toward reducing carbon by up to 50 per cent.

    By removing steel and simplifying the construction process, which will no longer require cranes and significantly fewer delivery trucks, the carbon reduction could be even greater. Proof of concept trials are due to begin in Spring 2022.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 3rd August 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 in your area: Upcoming works on Adelaide Road

    We wrote to you in early-July advising that a road closure would be in place on Adelaide Road on Saturday 17 July and Saturday 31 July. These works have now been rescheduled to take place on Saturday 31 July and Saturday 14 August, between 7am and 7pm.

    You can view further information about our works here

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 27th July 2021

    by HS2

    Please remember to sign up to our mailing list and be kept informed about HS2 in your area

    This is a reminder that as part of our ongoing commitment to keeping communities informed about the planning and delivery of the HS2 project, we are introducing a number of improvements to how we share information with you and are moving your local website within the HS2 website.

    The contents of this website will be moving over to the 'In your area' section of the main HS2 website, and we are also changing the way that we issue email updates about the project to give you more choice about how you would like to receive information from us.

    There are local community landing pages which have been published for each section of the route between London, the West Midlands and Crewe, providing information about the HS2 route within each area. We will be adding further pages and information to each area in the coming weeks.

    We are now in the final stages of this transition which is expected to be completed by mid-August, however, we will write to you again to confirm this nearer the time.

    Join the HS2 mailing list to continue to receive updates from HS2 about the project

    We will no longer be using this website or Commonplace to issue email updates to you. Instead, we are asking that you sign up to receive information from HS2 directly. We will continue to produce regular updates about the project, including notifications of our upcoming works, how it’s being constructed and what we’re doing to make it less disruptive.

    If you would like to continue to receive updates from HS2 you can sign up for email notifications at engagement.hs2.org.uk/join-mailing-list . We will ask you to confirm your email address as part of the sign-up process.

    The personal information you provide will be handled in accordance with current data protection legislation and only used for the purposes for which you have provided it.

    Find out more about what we will do to keep your information safe in our Personal information charter .

    Contact us if you have any questions

    If you have any questions about these changes or would like some help signing up to receive email updates from us please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team, available all day, every day on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 26th July 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 works update in Euston Throat and Camden Cutting area.

    Weekend works in the Euston Throat – July to September

  • Extended weekend working hours in Euston Throat worksite until end of September. Working hours: Mondays to Fridays 8am to 6pm, Saturdays 8am to 5pm and Sundays 10am to 5pm.
  • Weekend works during rail closures on track-level between Mornington Street bridge and Granby Terrace bridge: 7 to 8 August, 14 to 15 August (including overnight works) & 4 to 5 September. Working hours: Saturday 8am to Sunday 9pm.
  • Weekend works on Hampstead Road until end August. Working hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturdays 8am to 4pm.
  • CCTV utility surveys on Stanhope Street and Park Village East – 9 to 10 August

  • CCTV utility surveys of the Thames Water sewer beneath Stanhope Street and Park Village East.
  • We will access the utilities via existing manholes within the footway and use a camera to assess the condition of the sewer.
  • Works will require temporary footway closures and parking bay suspensions on Stanhope Street and Park Village East to safely access the manholes.
  • Use of Stanhope Street site access planned from 26 July to 6 August is now postponed until October, update to be provided

    For details of these works, please see our works information.

    Works within Camden Cutting worksite – August & September

  • Weekend works during rail closures on track-level between Mornington Street bridge and Granby Terrace bridge: 7 to 8 August, 14 to 15 August (including overnight works) & 4 to 5 September. Working hours: Saturday 8am to Sunday 9pm.
  • Vibratory sheet piling trial within Camden Cutting worksite – 9 to 13 August during the core working hours
  • Works in Park Village East north - August & September

  • Borehole and ground monitoring equipment install – 9 to 20 August
  • Trial holes for utilities connections to worksite – 16 August to 3 September
  • For details of these works, please see our works information.

    Works on Prince Albert Road

    From 23 to 27 July we were planning to carry out final adjustments to the position of the traffic lights and remove the old road markings on Prince Albert Road adjacent to the entrance to Vehicle Holding Area . This works are now postponed as per below:

  • White line removal rescheduled for 28 July.
  • Traffic lights adjustment is postponed until mid-August, further update to be provided.
  • For details of these works, please see our works information .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 23rd July 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    All aboard: HS2 is coming to London

    Ahead of its arrival into the capital, the team leading the design and construction of Britain’s new railway, High Speed Two (HS2), is hitting the streets with a brand-new community roadshow.

    The roadshow team will visit towns and cities from north to south this summer, as part of a bumper programme of community-focused activity highlighting the thousands of jobs, skills, training and new business opportunities that HS2 is creating.

    The HS2 roadshow will make three stops in the capital with pop up events scheduled to take place in Kings Cross on 5th August, Uxbridge on 2nd September and Ealing on 21st September. The events will allow residents and visitors to find out more about the exciting plans, now well underway, to bring Britain’s new railway to the capital at its flagship new station in Old Oak Common and its terminus in Euston. Both locations are being transformed in readiness for HS2’s arrival, spearheading new housing, commercial developments, urban realms and job opportunities which will benefit local people.

    Experts from all areas of the HS2 project will be on hand at each event, armed with a wealth of resources to experience during the event or to take away. So, if you’re looking for a new career, or want to find out how your business might benefit from one of 400,000 contract opportunities generated from the first phase of construction works, then head down to the roadshow to find out more.

    More about each location
  • Kings Cross on 5th August: The roadshow’s first stop will be at Kings Cross Square, adjacent to Kings Cross Station, on Thursday, 5th August. The outdoor event, which starts at 07:00 through to 20:00, will centre around HS2’s giant cubed-shaped exhibition space. HS2’s events team will work alongside local community representatives to advise and support those looking for a new career, training or business opportunity.
  • Uxbridge on 2nd September: The second stop on Thursday, 2nd September is an outdoor event in Uxbridge. The roadshow will be based between The Pavilions and The Chimes shopping centres, close to Uxbridge Underground Station from 09:00 to 19:00. Local residents can find out how to apply for funding for local projects through HS2’s community and environment (CEF) and business and enterprise (BLEF) schemes, as well as learning about local jobs and business opportunities.
  • Ealing on 21st September: HS2’s final stop on the London leg of its summer roadshow will be on Tuesday, 21st September, when the team hits Ealing’s vibrant urban quarter Dickens Yard. Residents and shoppers can find out more about HS2’s plans for the new West London super-hub station at Old Oak Common, which will include stunning green spaces alongside proposals for a small wetland and public event spaces. Construction of the super-hub will support over 2,300 jobs, including 200 apprenticeships – and visitors to the roadshow can find out how they can get onboard.
  • For more information about HS2’s roadshow programme, visit hs2.org.uk/roadshow-2021

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 22nd July 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Works Update: Utility surveys and works west of Euston Station; HS2 Event Reminder: Utility surveys in the Euston Station area

    Utility surveys and works west of Euston Station

    In order to determine the locations of utilities and test their condition, we need to carry out a number of trial holes (surveys) including:

  • Euston Road - 20 July until late August 2021
  • Junction of Robert Street and Hampstead Road – 6 August until late September 2021
  • Cardington Street and Hampstead Road – 16 September until late October 2021.
  • In addition, an update on our works at the former National Temperance Hospital site and at the former Maria Fidelis Catholic School is available.

    For details of these works, please see our works information.

    Event reminder - Utility surveys in the Euston Station area

    We are holding two events this week at which you will be able to:

  • Hear about how surveys help us determine the locations of utilities and to test their condition around Euston Station
  • Learn about the impacts of these surveys and how we’ll mitigate them
  • Our programme of works in the Euston Station area.
  • The events will be held from 4pm to 5pm on Wednesday 14 July 2021, and 5pm to 6pm on Thursday 15 July 2021. You can sign up for the events here.

    Posted on 13th July 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    Sign up for free online events, or visit St Mary's Church Field Museum as HS2 celebrates Britain's Festival of Archaeology

    To mark the Council for British Archaeology's Festival of Archaeology , we are holding a series of free online events so you can get involved and find out more about what treasures are being unearthed as we build the country's new high speed railway. The Festival of Archaeology runs from July 17 - August 1, shining a light on our past and how our ancestors lived.

    Subjects we will be covering in the free online 'webinars' include:

  • The archaeology of the Chilterns
  • St James' burial ground
  • Hillingdon's hidden history
  • Doddershall
  • Curzon Street
  • Innovations in archaeology
  • Uncovering the landscapes of HS2
  • Find out more about the Festival of Archaeology and the events we are holding

    We will also be holding our fourth weekend of open days at our Field Museum at St Mary's Church in Stoke Mandeville on Saturday 24 July and Sunday 25 July.

    Inside a specially constructed tent the size of a football pitch, archaeologists working on our behalf are currently excavating the remains of the former parish church of St. Mary the Virgin. This is a once in a generation opportunity to excavate the ruins of a medieval church and churchyard. Inside the museum you can ascend the viewing platform for a bird’s eye view of ongoing excavations, as well as displays, films and finds to explore the history of St. Mary’s Church and the amazing archaeological discoveries in the surrounding area.

    We’d love to welcome you onto site to explore this fascinating excavation, where you can learn about life and death in Stoke Mandeville over more than 800 years.

    Tickets are available to book from 10am on Tuesday July 13 and booking will close at 5pm on Thursday July 22 .

    Visit our event our events page to view details and book your tickets

    Detailed joining instructions including our Health and Safety statement will be sent to all registered attendees closer to the time.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 12th July 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 works update: Works in Euston Throat worksite, July to November; Onsite weekend utility tests, 17 to 18 July; Construction vehicles temporarily use Stanhope Street site access; 26 July to 6 August; Hampstead Road works, July-August; Prince Albert Street and Parkway works, 23 to 31 July.

    Works in the Euston Throat worksite – July to November

  • From 22 July until the end of August, we will be breaking down the concrete working platform we use for piling, to make way for excavation works.
  • From Saturday 17 July 8am to 5pm and Sunday 18 July 10am to 4pm, we will be testing the new pipework installed onsite.
  • From 26 July to 6 August we need to temporarily close our main site access on Hampstead Road, all construction vehicle will be diverted to Stanhope Street site access via Robert Street - Stanhope Street.
  • For further details please see our works information.

    Hampstead Road works update

  • Ongoing works to remove Hampstead Road central reserve until 30 August.
  • From 12 July to 21 August, sewer pipeline installation works across Hampstead Road in phases and conjunction with central reserve removal works.
  • Traffic restrictions in the junction with Varndell Street, access/egress via Robert Street - Stanhope Street.
  • For further details please see our works information .

    Works on Prince Albert Street and Parkway

  • From 23 to 27 July, works will be carried out to do final adjustments to the position of the traffic lights and remove the old markings on Prince Albert Road.
  • From 8pm on 30 July to 5am on 31 July, overnight CCTV survey of the sewer system beneath the section of the road opposite properties at 117 to 129 Parkway.
  • For further details please see our works information

    Thames Water night time work on Albany Street

    Work has been planned to take place over two nights on 5 and 6 July, but were delayed and now will be carried out over two nights on Monday 12 July and Tuesday 13 July, completing in the morning of Wednesday 14 July.

    For further details please see our works information.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 8th July 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 announces new landmark as 700,000 trees planted and over 100 new habitats thriving on Phase One of the project

    As part of our extensive environmental programme, our contractors have now planted 700,000 trees and created over 100 wildlife sites along the route between the West Midlands and London .

    The wildlife sites represent a mix of different habitat types, including grassland, woodland, scrub and ponds, and are already havens for wildlife including birds, bats, barn owls, badgers, great crested newts, butterflies and dragonflies.

    Alongside our environmental contractors, we have designed tailored ecology plans that provide habitats for local wildlife and protected species including new badger setts, bat houses, bird boxes, reptile banks and bug houses, along with wildflower seeding, aquatic habitat creation and the reintroduction of native flora to help local wildlife populations thrive.

    Up to 7 million trees will eventually be planted alongside the line from the West Midlands to London and we will leave behind more than 33 square kilometres of new woodland, wildlife and river habitats - the equivalent of 23 new Hyde Parks lining the spine of the country.

    In addition, our Woodland Fund has also allocated over £1.2m as part of a grant scheme managed by the Forestry Commission, with 213,000 trees already planted including 92 hectares of new woodland creation and 52 hectares of ancient woodland restoration. For example, a project at Avon Wood in Warwickshire has created a diverse new 11-hectare woodland within three miles of the new railway. More than 18,000 new trees have been planted there, with 30% of the woodland being oak, with the rest mainly made up of hornbeam, alder, beech, lime, holly and birch.

    We are continuing to progress with potential new schemes to be supported through the Woodland Fund, which could eventually support an additional 440 hectares of new native woodland creation as well as the restoration of 245 hectares of existing ancient woodland sites. Every habitat site is designed specifically to support local biodiversity, to link up existing wildlife habitats and create ecological networks which help to protect, maintain and enhance biodiversity and allow species to move through the landscape.

    Examples of new habitats sites include:

  • In Warwickshire , Finham Brook was previously a short-grazed field with no flowers and very few invertebrates. Since 2018, our contractor Keystone Environmental has planted over 6,000 trees, created four new ponds and a new 35 metre reptile basking bank. The ponds are already being used by great crested newts, skylarks, barn owls, badgers, and dragonflies and butterflies.
  • At South Cubbington Wood , also in Warwickshire, environmental contractor Five Rivers Environmental Contracting have planted 60,000 trees, along with species-rich grasslands. They have created seven new ponds designed for newts to breed in, as well as attracting other wildlife such as frogs, swallows, swifts and badgers. Like many of HS2’s new habitat sites, Cubbington has public rights of way, so local people are able to enjoy the habitats that have been created.
  • At Bernwood in Buckinghamshire , an ecologically and historically valuable area includes a network of ancient woodlands that are home to a range of wildlife, including rare and important species like Bechstein’s Bat and the Black Hairstreak butterfly. Our extensive tree planting has linked existing woodlands to create new bat flightlines away from the railway corridor, and several green bridges will maintain connectivity across the railway and between habitats.
  • In the Colne Valley , we have revealed ambitious plans to create one of the largest areas of chalk grassland on the edge of the Chilterns. The site will receive a continuous supply of chalk from the nearby tunnelling underneath the Chilterns Hills until 2024, helping to establish over 127 hectares of new chalk grassland, woodland, wood pasture and wetland habitats. Field trials are currently in preparation ahead of final seeding, and planting of trees and shrubs in 2025.
  • If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 6th July 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    Please remember to join our mailing list to be kept informed about HS2 in your area

    As part of our ongoing pledge to keeping communities informed about the planning and delivery of the HS2 project, we are introducing a number of improvements to how we share information with you .

    This is a reminder that we're moving your local website within the HS2 website

    This summer we will be moving the contents of this website over to the 'In your area' section of the main HS2 website. We are also changing the way that we issue email updates about the project and giving you more choice about how you would like to receive information from us.

    We have published local community landing pages for each section of the route between London, the West Midlands and Crewe. These provide information about the HS2 route within each area. Over the coming weeks we will be adding further pages and information to each area.

    We are aiming to complete this exercise next month (July) and will write to you again to confirm this nearer the time.

    Join the HS2 mailing list to continue to receive updates from HS2 about the project

    We will no longer be using this website or Commonplace to issue email updates to you. Instead, we are asking that you sign up to receive information from HS2 directly. We will continue to produce regular updates about the project, including notifications of our upcoming works, how it’s being constructed and what we’re doing to make it less disruptive.

    If you would like to continue to receive updates from HS2 you can sign up for email notifications at engagement.hs2.org.uk/join-mailing-list . We will ask you to confirm your email address as part of the sign-up process.

    The personal information you provide will be handled in accordance with current data protection legislation and only used for the purposes for which you have provided it.

    Find out more about what we will do to keep your information safe in our Personal information charter .

    Contact us if you have any questions

    If you have any questions about these changes or would like some help signing up to receive email updates from us please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team, available all day, every day on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 25th June 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Update: June 2021 Camden Newsletter; 24/7 track-level works in Camden Cutting during the summer railway closure, from 17 July to 31 August.

    June 2021 Camden Newsletter

    The next edition of our Camden Newsletter has now been published. In the newsletter you can find an update about our progress in Camden as well as how to find out more information about the project.

    Also in the newsletter are details about some of the projects we've been involved in around Camden.

    Please click here to view the June 2021 Newsletter .

    24/7 track-level works in Camden Cutting during the summer railway closure - from 17 July to 31 August.

    • Works at track-level within SCS worksite, between Parkway and Mornington Street bridge;

    • Ground anchors installation day and night, 7 days a week, into the north and south abutments of the railway bridge;

    • Equipment and materials to be moved across the tracks day and night using rail-road vehicles;

    • Noise mitigation in place and will monitor the works day and night to ensure we remain within the noise limits;

    • New site access from Mornington Street bridge from mid-August

    For further details please see our works notification

    You can contact us by telephone on 08081 434 434, by Minicom on 08081 456 472, or by email at HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 24th June 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 works notification: SCS site cabins delivery, until 22 June includes weekend 19&20 June; Hampstead Road central reservation removal, 2 July to 30 August; TW night time work on Albany Street, 5-7 July

    Weekend works in the Euston Throat – 19 and 20 June

    We will continue site cabin deliveries over the weekend, the northern end of Stanhope Street will remain closed from 8am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Works target to complete these deliveries by Tuesday 22 June. We apologise for inconvenience caused and sincerely thank local residents and the community for their patience during this period.

    For further details of this and other update in Euston Throat please see our works information.

    Removal of Hampstead Road central reserve – 2 July to 30 August

  • Removal of the Hampstead Road central reserve required to enable a right-hand turn out of SCS worksite haul road towards Euston Road, preventing congestion at Harrington Square Gardens;
  • Works will be carried out in 3 phases involving lane closures and bus stop suspensions;
  • For safety, we will install traffic management during overnight shifts on 2 and 31 July;
  • We will also repaint the road markings and white lines during overnight shifts on the 16, 17 & 18 August
  • For further details please see our works information.

    Thames Water night time work on Albany street - 5-7 July

    Thames Water will need to carry some minor work on the manhole in the road opposite the Barracks on Albany Street. Work will take place over two nights on Monday 5 July and Tuesday 6 July, completing in the morning of Wednesday 7 July. The work should not cause any disruption as it will be carried out within the manhole.

    For further details please see our works information.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 18th June 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    Join our mailing list to continue receiving email updates about HS2 in your area

    This is a reminder that as part of our ongoing commitment to keeping communities informed about the planning and delivery of the HS2 project, we will be introducing a number of improvements to the ways in which we share information with you .

    We’re moving your local website within the HS2 website

    This summer we will be moving the contents of this website over to the 'In your area' section of the main HS2 website. We are also changing the way that we issue email updates about the project and giving you more choice about how you would like to receive information from us.

    We have published local community landing page s for each section of the route between London, the West Midlands and Crewe. These provide information about the HS2 route within each area. Over the coming weeks we will be adding further pages and information to each area.

    We are aiming to complete this exercise in July this year and will write to you to confirm this closer to the time.

    We’re asking you to sign up for notifications to continue to receive updates from HS2

    We will no longer be using this website or Commonplace to issue email updates to you. Instead, we are asking that you sign up to receive information from HS2 directly. We will continue to produce regular updates about the project, including notifications of our upcoming works, how it’s being constructed and what we’re doing to make it less disruptive.

    If you would like to continue to receive updates from HS2 you can sign up for email notifications at engagement.hs2.org.uk/join-mailing-list . We will ask you to confirm your email address as part of the sign-up process.

    The personal information you provide will be handled in accordance with current data protection legislation and only used for the purposes for which you have provided it.

    Find out more about what we will do to keep your information safe in our Personal information charter .

    Contact us if you have any questions

    If you have any questions about these changes or would like some help signing up to receive email updates from us please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team, available all day, every day on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 9th June 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    Reminder for Clarkson Row new railway access point information events taking place 8 and 9 June

    Sign up to find out more about Network Rail plans to build a new access point to the railway at Clarkson Row. These events will include a presentation with plans for the access point followed by a question and answer session.

    • Tuesday 8 June 2021, 7pm to 8:15pm

    • Wednesday 9 June 2021, 1pm to 2:15pm

    To register for one of these events, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pre-planning-application-community-event-for-clarkson-row-access-point-tickets-152630872047

    If you have any questions or problems joining please call the Network Rail 24 hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or email them at www.nrhs2@networkrail.co.uk

    More information on the plans for the new Clarkson Row railway access is available here

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 4th June 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 works notification: UKPN weekend works in Harrington Square and Lidlington Place, 5 & 6 June 2021; Utility works in Parkway and Park Village East, 14 June to 9 July; Update of large load deliveries and collections to SCS worksite on Hampstead Road, May to June; Update of utility works on Gower St, Gower Place, Gordon St and Euston Road

    UKPN will carry out trial holes in Harrington Square and Lidlington Place footway on Saturday, 5 June and Sunday, 6 June .

    For further details please see our works information

    UKPN cable installation on Parkway and Park Village East – 14 June to 9 July

  • Phase 1 of utility substation installation works for Euston Cavern worksite (area between Parkway and Mornington Street bridge)
  • Temporary lane and footway closures on Parkway and Park Village East
  • Access to properties will be maintained
  • For further details please see our works information

    Large load deliveries and collections – May to June

  • There will be several large load deliveries and collections via Hampstead Road or Park Village East, outside peak hours
  • For further details please our works information

    Update of utility works on Gower Street, Gower Place, Gordon Street and Euston Road.

  • The Westbound slip road of Euston Road will be reopened on 7 June.
  • Works on Gower Place and Gordon Street will be complete by 25 July.
  • For further details please our works information

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 28th May 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    We’re making improvements to your local community website

    As part of our ongoing commitment to keeping communities informed about the planning and delivery of the HS2 project we are introducing a number of improvements to the ways in which we share information with you.

    We’re moving your local website within the HS2 website

    This summer we will be moving the contents of this website over to the 'In your area' section of the main HS2 website. We are also changing the way that we issue email updates about the project and giving you more choice about how you would like to receive information from us.

    These changes will help to

  • provide you with quicker access to key documents and information about the HS2 project, and
  • make it is easier for you to be kept informed about our works and activities in your local area.
  • We have published local community landing pages for each section of the route between London, the West Midlands and Crewe. These provide information about the HS2 route within each area. Over the coming weeks we will be adding further pages and information to each area.

    Once we have moved all of the key pages and information from this website onto the HS2 website later this summer, we will stop updating this website. Visitors to this website will be signposted to the new pages within HS2.org.uk

    At this point, we will stop publishing updates to this website and you will no longer receive email notifications from this website.

    We are aiming to complete this exercise in July this year and will write to you to confirm this closer to the time.

    We’re making changes to the way we share updates with you by email

    In addition to moving the local website we are also taking this opportunity to improve our mailing lists and create greater flexibility around how you receive information from us.

    We will no longer be using this website or Commonplace to issue email updates to you. Instead, we are asking that you sign up to receive information from HS2 directly. We will continue to produce regular updates about the project, including notifications of our upcoming works, how it’s being constructed and what we’re doing to make it less disruptive.

    If you would like to continue to receive updates from HS2 you can sign up for email notifications at engagement.hs2.org.uk/join-mailing-list . We will ask you to confirm your email address as part of the sign-up process.

    Once we have moved across all of the pages and information from this website over to the HS2 website we will stop issuing emails from this website. Instead, you will receive emails directly from us about the parts of the project that you’ve expressed an interest in.

    The personal information you provide will be handled in accordance with current data protection legislation and only used for the purposes for which you have provided it.

    Find out more about what we will do to keep your information safe on our Personal information charter .

    Contact us if you have any questions

    If you have any questions about these changes or would like some help signing up to receive email updates from us please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team, available all day, every day on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 27th May 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Works Notification: Notice: Planned road closure on Adelaide Road, Saturday 29 May and Saturday 12 June 2021; Weekend works at Euston Throat, 29 May & 5 June 2021; Weekend utility works on site beside Harrington Street, 15 May 2021.

    Posted on 14th May 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    Historic moment as first HS2 giant tunnelling machine launched

    We have today announced the launch of ‘Florence’ – the first of 10 HS2 Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) that will dig 64 miles of tunnel on Phase One of the UK’s new high speed railway. ‘Florence’ was launched from our South Portal site next to the M25 in Hertfordshire, at an event attended by HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson .

    Florence, at 2,000 tonnes and 170m-long – the largest ever used on a UK rail project – will dig 10 miles of tunnel under the Chilterns, operating 24/7 for the next three years. Designed specifically for the mix of chalk and flints under the Chilterns, Florence and her identical TBM 'Cecilia'will dig separate tunnels for north and southbound trains. Each machine operates as a self-contained underground factory - digging the tunnel, lining it with concrete wall segments and grouting them into place at a speed of around 15 metres a day. Each tunnel will require 56,000 precision engineered, fibre-reinforced segments – which will all be made on site.

    A crew of 17 people will operate each TBM, working in shifts to keep the machines running 24/7. They will be supported by over 100 people on the surface, managing the logistics and maintaining the smooth progress of the tunnelling operation. Chalk excavated from the tunnels will be used for landscaping at the south portal site once construction is complete, creating wildlife-rich chalk grassland habitats across 127 hectares of the southern Chiltern hills. Find out more about HS2's tunnelling programme .

    Named after nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale – a name suggested by local children due to her residence at nearby Claydon House in Buckinghamshire, and chosen in a public vote – the TBM will dig the first of a pair of 10 mile long tunnels under the Chiltern hills and help to safeguard the woodland and wildlife habitats above ground, before emerging near Hyde Heath. A second machine ‘Cecilia’ will launch next month to excavate the second tunnel at the South Portal site.

    Built by Herrenknecht, a world leader in TBM manufacturing, at its factory in south-west Germany, the two 170m long machines were transported to the UK in more than 300 separate shipments last year , before being reassembled, tested and commissioned by an expert team of tunnelling engineers at the Chiltern tunnel south portal site, near the M25 to the north-west of London.

    The first two TBMs will be operated by main works contractor, Align – a joint venture formed of three international infrastructure companies: Bouygues Travaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine, and VolkerFitzpatrick. Align is recruiting 1,200 personnel in total, including 100 apprentices, to work on this area of the project and are targeting their recruitment and investment in upskilling local people who are currently unemployed, with a particular focus on women, the under 25s and those with disabilities, helping us support the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs to protect, support and create employment during the COVID-19 crisis.

    More than 16,000 jobs and over 500 apprenticeships are already being supported by the project, which is set to transform transport links between Britain’s major cities, free up space on the rail network for more freight and local services and support the UK’s transition to net zero carbon emissions.

    The names of the two TBMs were suggested by students at Meadow High School in Hillingdon and The Chalfonts Community College, Buckinghamshire, which are close to the tunnel launch site. They were inspired by Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern medicine, and pioneering astronomer and astrophysicist, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin.

    Some facts and figures about the Chiltern tunnel TBMs :

  • The tunnels will go as deep as 80m below the ground – ensuring communities and countryside above are not impacted by the railway
  • The cutter head will rotate at a speed of up to 3.2rpm with the machine expected to cover 15.6 metres per day
  • When they start they will run almost non-stop 24 hours a day for 3.5 years
  • They will convert the spoil into slurry which will be pumped back to the south portal site where it will be treated before being used for landscaping on-site, removing the need for additional HGVs on local roads
  • The total volume excavated by both TBMs is 2.7million cubic metres
  • Useful links
  • Website: Visit our tunnelling pages on the HS2 website
  • Video: What is a tunnel boring machine?
  • If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 13th May 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    New look HS2 online educational resources focus on STEM stars of the future

    Our dedicated education pages on the HS2 website have undergone a major redesign, with a collection of new resources to help teachers bring a careers context to curriculum learning with the aim of inspiring young people to take an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects and careers .

    Teachers are able to find relevant resources much more easily through the introduction of a filter function, there are new resources available with supporting videos and also a workshop delivery guide with activities tailored to pupils ranging from the ages of 5 all the way up to 18.

    View the new look educational resources pages - download guides, lesson plans, videos and worksheets

    The fresh look of the educational resources follows on from the introduction earlier this year of a suite of curriculum-linked projects designed to help teachers and parents home schooling during the Covid-19 pandemic when we were unable to deliver our regular programme of STEM workshops and schools were less able to take students 'off-curriculum' for career-themed activities during lockdown.

    Created by our Skills, Employment and Education team, the resource pages include plans for STEM lessons which teachers can use to introduce a careers context to regular curriculum lessons. Activities take around 1-2 hours to complete and include using maths skills to work out how to construct a bridge across a motorway, researching the ecology of great created newts to create new habitats and using archaeological information to interpret the history of a site. Pupils also have the opportunity to design a new product to improve the customer experience when travelling by train and use their science skills to create an environmental improvement plan for their school.

    We have also included a delivery guide for teachers who would like to run a STEM inspiration day in their school. This includes videos, teacher notes, presentations and worksheets for activities where students can develop their skills through hands-on and team build challenges to inspire them to become EPIC (Extraordinary People Initiating Change) engineers. Students develop their STEM powers, exploring the essential skills that are needed to be successful in a STEM career. Activities are underpinned by examples from the world of work, with students finding out about careers in transport infrastructure as they take on different roles in the challenges.

    Activities include 'Stations of the Future': a team-based design-and-present activity where students compete to design a futuristic train station considering future trends and the needs of all customers and also tunnel building, where students design, construct and test a supporting structure for a cut and cover tunnel.

    We have also introduced STEM projects accredited by the British Science Association, which, when completed, can be entered for a CREST Award. These are longer projects aimed at inspiring pupils to become scientists and engineers that encourage students to carry out independent research or investigation. The target age and duration of the projects vary.

    The updated online resources also include activities adapted for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to encourage them to think about pursuing STEM careers. Downloadable lessons for SEND students include working in teams to design a train station, learning about ecosystems and building an insect hotel, and preparing for independent rail travel through role play.

    Younger students aged between 7-11 can also get involved in shorter activities ranging from making rail tracks from everyday materials, solving puzzles and planning a railway route.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 11th May 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Notification: Road closure and parking bay suspensions on Doric Way and Drummond Crescent; temporary office facility at the Vehicle Holding Area; update on utility works at Parkway and Camden Cutting

    Road closure and parking bay suspensions on Doric Way and Drummond Crescent

    We will be carrying out ground investigation works on Doric Way to help us to understand more about the current conditions and determine the locations of utilities. To enable these works, we need to use a series of temporary road closures and parking bay suspensions on Doric Way and Drummond Crescent from early May to 2 July 2021. For more information please see the work item .

    Temporary office facility at the Vehicle Holding Area

    In May and June we will install additional temporary offices in the Vehicle Holding Area to accommodate our growing team until November. We will locate this two-storey welfare office between the park-side hoarding and the existing three-storey site office. It will not be visible to residents once installed. For more information please see the work item .

    Update on utility works at Parkway and Camden Cutting

    Due to UKPN works in the area, we were unable to carry out the CCTV utility surveys on Mornington Terrace, Clarkson Row and Mornington Crescent last month. We have now rescheduled these surveys for the 12 to 14 May.

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, we were unable to complete the CCTV drainage survey of the sewer beneath Parkway, planned for the night of 12 April. We have now rescheduled this survey for 17 May and will carry it out overnight to limit the impact on local businesses and residents.

    Last month we removed a section of the hoarding on the corner of Park Village East and Granby Terrace to make way for the installation of an onsite substation. Due to delays the substation install will be completed on 14 June.

    Please see the notification for more information about these updates.

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    If you have any questions about the recent changes or would like some help using the new interactive map, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 6th May 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Works Notification: Update on works to the West and East of Euston Station; central reservation removal on Hampstead Road - Phase 1.

    Ground investigation and trial holes until December 2021

    We are progressing ground investigations at Euston Road and Doric Way as well as beginning trial holes at various locations – at the east side of Euston Square Gardens, Melton St, Cobourg St, Euston St, North Gower St, former Maria Fidelis school site and Hampstead Rd.

    Hoardings installation and refurbishment until August 2021

    We have begun works to widen the pedestrian walkway along the Drummond Street corridor, and we will replace the existing hoardings and lighting, including installing new graphics and planters on the junction of Cobourg Street.

    Relocation of London Underground Traction Substation enabling works April – mid June

    To facilitate the construction of the proposed HS2 station we will relocate the current London Underground vent shaft and substation at Melton Street to our site at the former Wolfson House. Site enabling works will begin at the end of April 2021 for approximately six weeks and the main construction works will continue until 2024.

    Pile cropping (trimming) & upper wall construction west of Euston station, April – October 2021

    We are continuing piling activities to construct an upper wall, which will extend the previously installed western basement retaining wall at the former National Temperance Hospital site.

    Please see update notification for more details on these items.

    Central reservation removal on Hampstead Road - phase 1, 17 May to 14 June

    Following community feedback, we now have agreement with Transport for London to create a right turn out of our Hampstead Road worksite, meaning lorries can avoid using Harrington Square as a turning loop to head south to Euston Road. To create this right turn, we will remove the central reservation Hampstead Road. Works will take place in three phases. For more information please see the work item .

    If you have any questions about the recent changes or would like some help using the new interactive map, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 4th May 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Works Notification: SCS site offices installation at Stanhope Street 17 May to 9 June; utility works and hoarding works update in the Euston Throat area.

    Stanhope Street closure for site offices installation, 17 May to 9 June on weekdays from 9am to 3pm

    We will install a five-storey site office within our worksite on the corner of Stanhope Street and Granby Terrace, next to Langdale. We will locate a large crane within our worksite adjacent to Stanhope Street to lift the cabins from lorries into the worksite. To provide a safe area around the lorries, we will close a section of Stanhope Street between Park Village East / Augustus Street and Mackworth Street. We will ensure local access at all times. All other traffic will be diverted to Varndell Street, Cumberland Market and Augustus Street. We apologise for any inconvenience.

    We will be replacing the existing hoarding around our worksite on Stanhope Street in July. From June to October we will fit out our offices. Please see notification for more information.

    Utility works at Stanhope Street and Augustus Street

    UKPN will begin utility works in Stanhope Street in June. Please see notification .

    Utility surveys planned for Stanhope Street have now been rescheduled for 11 May. Please see update notification .

    Hoarding works update at Harrington Street and Hampstead Road

    Hoarding realignment and works to install new water pipes at our site at Harrington Street next to Coniston, will now be completed on 31 May.

    Hoarding installation works on Hampstead Road next to our Addison Lee site office are ongoing and will now be complete on 18 May.

    Please see notification .

    If you have any questions about the recent changes or would like some help using the new interactive map, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 30th April 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Notification: Upcoming HS2 information events; update of utility works at Gower St, Gower Place, Euston Rd; update of Hampstead Rd utility works weekend of 17-18 April; Euston Station sound testing 2-7 May.

    HS2 and Network Rail works update

    Next week we are holding two online engagement events, which will provide a Camden-wide update on works that HS2 and Network Rail are currently carrying out, as well as information on upcoming works. These events will include a presentation followed by a question and answer session.

    • Tuesday 20 April 2021, 6pm to 7.30pm

    • Wednesday 21 April 2021, 12noon to 1.30pm

    To register for one of these events, please visit www.hs2.org.uk/events

    Plans for the former Maria Fidelis School site

    Mace Dragados are also holding two online engagement events to share details of their plans for a temporary site office and welfare facility on part of the former Maria Fidelis school site, on North Gower Street and Starcross Street. These plans include a Construction Skills Centre that will be operated by Camden Council. You can find out more about these proposals here .

    • Monday 19 April 2021, 6pm to 7.30pm

    • Monday 26 April 2021, 12noon to 1.30pm

    To register for one of these events, please visit www.hs2.org.uk/events

    Update of utility works on Gower Street, Gower Place and Euston Road

    Gower Street - From 19 April to the end of May works will continue on Gower Street at the junction with Euston Road. The Euston Road slip road will be closed. A traffic diversion will be in place.

    Gower Place - From early March to late April the section of the road between Gower Court and Gordon Street will be closed. Vehicular access to the Wellcome Trust and UCL buildings is maintained. The footpath remains open. This section of road will be reopened for Emergency Services and Patient Transport.

    Euston Road - We are continuing to lay communication and electrical ducts across Euston Road from North Gower Street to Gower Street in phases until end May. From 19th April 2021 until end May, the west bound slip road from Kings Cross towards University College Hospital will be closed. Access will be maintained only for emergency services and patient transport vehicles via Gower Place.

    Please see work item for the latest information including the latest notification .

    Update of Hampstead Road utility works, 17-18 April

    As part of ongoing utility works on Hampstead Road, we will be carrying out works over the weekend of 17 – 18 April, to install a water main within our site between the Euston Throat and Hampstead Road worksites. We do not expect the works to be very noisy and acoustic barriers will be in place to mitigate any noise. The works will be carried out on Saturday 8am – 6pm, and Sunday 10am – 4pm if they cannot be completed in the single Saturday shift. Please see notification .

    Euston Station sound testing, 2-7 May

    Network Rail will be testing the fire alarms and public announcement systems at Euston Station for five nights from Sunday 2 May until Friday 7 May 2021, between the hours of 01:30 – 03:00. Please see work item .

    If you have any questions about the recent changes or would like some help using the new interactive map, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 16th April 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    Further works on Adelaide Road Site boundary

    From 19 April 2021 for up to two weeks, we will be removing the section of brick wall next to the eastern end of our site. This will take place while temporary traffic management is in operation.

    We are extending our site at the eastern end as we require additional space for construction of the ventilation shaft and headhouse. We need to remove this section of the wall in order to install our welfare cabins and access gates to the site. A map showing the location of these works is included on page two of the notification.

    We will replace the wall when our works are completed. The new wall will have a permanent access point for emergency vehicles and for maintenance to the ventilation shaft and headhouse. We are planning to engage with you further about the design of the future wall and give you the opportunity to provide feedback.

    For further information, please see our works notification on our interactive map .

    Upcoming works on Adelaide Road

    During spring and summer 2021, we will be carrying out further utility surveys and utility works on Adelaide Road. We are still confirming the dates and will write to you shortly with more information.

    Information from our recent community update event

    We held an online community update on 25 February. You can view the information we presented at the event via the Works in your area page at HS2inCamden.co.uk. We have also updated our Q&As about upcoming works at the Adelaide Road site, which you can view via the Works in your area page.

    Speak with our community engagement team

    We are holding monthly virtual 1:1s where you can speak with our community engagement team. Our next virtual 1:1 will be on Wednesday 21 April between 3pm to 6pm. You can book a 20-minute session to speak with our Community Engagement teams about works at the Adelaide Road site at hs2.org.uk/events. The virtual 1:1 will take place on Microsoft Teams.

    Posted on 6th April 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    Further works on Adelaide Road site boundary

    From 19 April 2021 for up to two weeks, we will be removing the section of brick wall next to the eastern end of our site. This will take place while temporary traffic management is in operation.

    We are extending our site at the eastern end as we require additional space for construction of the ventilation shaft and headhouse. We need to remove this section of the wall in order to install our welfare cabins and access gates to the site. A map showing the location of these works is included on page two of the notification.

    We will replace the wall when our works are completed. The new wall will have a permanent access point for emergency vehicles and for maintenance to the ventilation shaft and headhouse. We are planning to engage with you further about the design of the future wall and give you the opportunity to provide feedback.

    For further information, please see our works notification on our interactive map .

    Upcoming works on Adelaide Road

    During spring and summer 2021, we will be carrying out further utility surveys and utility works on Adelaide Road. We are still confirming the dates and will write to you shortly with more information.

    Information from our recent community update event

    We held an online community update on 25 February. You can view the information we presented at the event via the Works in your area page at HS2inCamden.co.uk. We have also updated our Q&As about upcoming works at the Adelaide Road site, which you can view via the Works in your area page.

    Speak with our community engagement team

    We are holding monthly virtual 1:1s where you can speak with our community engagement team. Our next virtual 1:1 will be on Wednesday 21 April between 3pm to 6pm. You can book a 20-minute session to speak with our Community Engagement teams about works at the Adelaide Road site at hs2.org.uk/events. The virtual 1:1 will take place on Microsoft Teams.

    Posted on 6th April 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 contractor supports small businesses to win work to build Britain’s new railway

    Our contractor, Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture (SCS Railways), is launching a virtual enterprise academy for the second time and is looking for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to get involved .

    The three-month programme has 150 free places available and will upskill businesses, giving SMEs the tools to work on projects like Britain's new high-speed railway.

    Beginning in April, the Academy will run through until June, and the modules will cover topics including HR, health and safety, social value, carbon management innovation, the environment, risk management, finance and commercial awareness. To get involved, businesses need to have a turnover of £1 million for 2019/2020, a core business offering that aligns with the construction industry, and must demonstrate why they would like to take part in the Academy.

    To date, we have already awarded around £18bn worth of contracts directly and a significant proportion of this value is expected to flow out to the wider supply chain. By the end of 2022, it’s estimated this figure will reach around £25bn. Over 2,000 businesses have already won work on the project, 70% of which are SMEs.

    Registration for the Virtual Academy closes on Tuesday 6th April. In order to access and apply for a place, businesses need to register on the CompeteFor portal . We and our construction partners also use CompeteFor to advertise all subcontract opportunities, and businesses who set up a company profile can receive tailored alerts to opportunities that match their trade. As Britain strives to build back better, businesses of all sizes from across the UK are encouraged to get ‘HS2 ready’.

    For more information about HS2 please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 31st March 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 works notification update: Parkway and Camden Cutting areas; utility surveys, trial holes and ground monitoring equipment

    Parkway works update

  • The traffic management for the overnight CCTV utility surveys on Parkway on 12 to 13 April has been revised. Temporary traffic lights will be in place to manage traffic flow and Bus Stop 11996 on Gloucester Avenue will also be temporarily suspended from 8pm on 12 April to 5am on 13 April.
  • The utility trial holes on Parkway will be carried out from 9 March to 9 April, while the trial holes on Albert Street have been re-scheduled from 12 April to 10 June.
  • To view more detail and the update, please visit our work notification .
  • Camden Cutting area works update

  • Having completed the first stage of installing ground monitoring equipment on Park Village East, we have now revised the programme to complete works earlier (7 May).
  • Some of the planned CCTV utility surveys on Park Village East could not be completed due to blockages in the pipes, and have been rescheduled for the 29 and 30 March. These surveys will require temporary parking bay suspensions.
  • To view more detail and the update, please visit our work notification .
  • Posted on 25th March 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Notification: Plans for part of the Maria Fidelis school site

    HS2 and Mace Dragados are bringing forward plans to create a temporary site office and welfare facility on the former Maria Fidelis school site, at North Gower Street and Starcross Street. These plans include a Construction Skills Centre that will be operated by Camden Council.

    To support these plans we will be placing information on our website on 12 April here , and holding virtual engagement sessions on 19 April and 26 April.

    At these events you will be able to:

  • Hear from our team about the plans to create a temporary site office and welfare facility on the former Maria Fidelis school site;
  • Hear about Camden Council’s Construction Skills Centre; and
  • Ask questions and learn how you can share your thoughts on the plans.
  • To sign up for an event, please visit www.hs2.org.uk/events .

    Posted on 24th March 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 works notification: Hampstead Road works update; demolition of the former Network Rail Power Signal Box; intermittent soundproof tests at Melton Street site.

    Hampstead Road works update, 24 March to 30 March 2021

    Prior to starting construction of the Hampstead Road bridge extension, we need to finish setting up our worksite on Hampstead Road. We also need to remove the central reserve from the middle of the road to enable a right-hand turn out of our new haul road onto Hampstead Road and we also need to temporarily suspend bus stop W on Hampstead Road. The nearest alternative bus stops are Robert Street stop J and bus stop K near the corner of Netley Street and at Mornington Crescent underground station. For further information please see the work item .

    Demolition of the former Network Rail Power Signal Box, 25 March to late September 2021.

    Container screening will be delivered and installed from late March to early April in preparation for the demolition of the former Network Rail Power Signal Box. This is being installed at the north-east corner of the building to prevent material from escaping on to the railway. Please see the work item .

    Intermittent soundproof tests at Melton Street site, week commencing 22 March 2021.

    As we continue with enabling works in the area, we need to carry out intermittent soundproof tests to measure how much noise the acoustic shed at Melton Street will contain. Please see the work item .

    If you have any questions about the recent changes or would like some help using the new interactive map, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 12th March 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    New interactive map lets you see when and where HS2 works are taking place in your area

    We have introduced a new, user-friendly interactive map to the HS2 website, making it easier and simpler for you to find out what current and upcoming works we are carrying out in your area .

    The new In your area map brings all of our work notifications together on one page, making it easier for you to navigate and ensure you are kept up-to-date on the work we are doing to deliver the new railway. There is also a text only view , which allows you to view the information in a table and filter results for each area.

    Each work item, highlighted on the map with a 'hard hat' icon, lets you know:

  • the location and planned duration of the works
  • which contractor is delivering it, and
  • what kind of activity they are doing, such as setting up a compound or an archaeological dig.
  • You can easily see any other works we might be doing nearby, also pinpointed with an icon.

    We will be introducing further improvements to the mapping tool and to this local website over the coming months. We will keep you informed of changes as they happen through our regular email notifications and our local engagement events and activities.

    We'd like your feedback

    We'd like to know what you think about the new mapping tool and ways that we can improve it, to ensure that you can easily find information about the delivery of the railway in your area and how to contact us if you have any questions.

    Let us know your views by completing our In your area map feedback survey .

    Contact us if you have any questions

    If you have any questions about the recent changes or would like some help using the new interactive map, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 12th March 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Works Notification: Hoarding works at Harrington Street and footpath closure, 22 March to 10 May 2021; hoarding works and cycle lane and footpath closures on Hampstead Road, 6 April to 4 May 2021.

    Hoarding works at Harrington Street and footpath closure, 22 March to 10 May 2021

    From 22 March we will realign the hoarding on Harrington Street next to, but not in direct contact with, Coniston. We will also install new water pipes at this location within our site boundary. To safely carry out these works we will close the footpath next to our worksite for seven weeks. Please see notification .

    Hoarding works and cycle lane and footpath closures on Hampstead Road, 6 April to 4 May 2021

    From 6 April we will install new hoarding at our Addison Lee site office on the corner of Hampstead Road and Granby Terrace bridge. To carry out these works safely, we will need to temporarily close the northbound cycle lane and footpath outside our site office on Hampstead Road. Please see notification .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 8th March 2021

    by HS2 In Camden

    Be the voice of your community on the Construction Commissioner Steering Group – applications open for Local Community Representatives

    Posted on 22nd February 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 notification: Euston Approaches virtual engagement sessions.

    In February and March, we are hosting a number of online engagement sessions to explain our upcoming works in the Euston Approaches area, which starts at London Zoo car park and ends at Hampstead Road. We are also holding two presentations on the final design of the Euston Cavern Headhouse.

    Each session will be held twice, once at lunchtime and once in the evening. You will be able to ask questions of our team at each event. Information presented at the events will also be made available on the www.HS2inCamden.co.uk website. To register to join these sessions, please follow the links below.

    Presentation on the final design of the Euston Cavern Headhouse

    Tuesday 2 March 2021 at 12:00pm and Wednesday 3 March 2021 at 6pm

    To register for one of these presentations, please click here .

    Construction works update: Camden Cutting, Vehicle Holding Area and Parkway

    Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 12:00pm and Thursday 4 March 2021 at 6pm

    To register for one of these update sessions, please click here .

    Construction works update: Euston Throat

    Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 6pm and Thursday 4 March at 12:00pm

    To register for one of these update sessions, please click here .

    All HS2 events are listed here: www.hs2.org.uk/events .

    Posted on 19th February 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    Final designs revealed for the Euston Cavern Headhouse in Park Village East. Sign-up to our webinars to find out more.

    Today we've revealed Ypu an that will provide emergency access to the new high speed railway’s tunnels as they approach Euston station. Located next to the existing west coast mainline, the split-level three-storey building will be clad with traditional blue/grey engineering brick, in keeping with the area’s Victorian railway architecture.

    Engineering bricks, which are tough and durable, were widely used by the Victorian railway engineers who built what is now the west coast main line. Standing next to the original 10m high retaining wall, the new headhouse structure will extend above the top of the wall, with a green roof, stone-paved courtyard and entrance facing Park Village East.

    At street level, the original parapet wall will be retained with new planting to help reduce the visual impact of the building. Below ground level, a 12 metre diameter shaft will reach down to the twin tunnels below to provide emergency escape and access for the emergency services.

    You can find out more details about the design on our dedicated webpage for the Euston Cavern Headhouse.

    Sign-up here for our online events to find out more

    Due to COVID-19 we are not currently able to hold face-to-face public events, but we are holding online events to share information about the design. We're holding these events on:

  • Tuesday 2 March 12:00 - 13:00
  • Wednesday 3 March 18:00 - 19:00
  • These online information events have been set up to give residents the opportunity:

  • to hear an update on the design;
  • ask questions of the team; and
  • find out how community feedback has influenced the design.
  • The webinar will focus on what has changed since July 2018 including landscaping, the materials used, lighting and planting.

    Our experts will provide a presentation on the design and the design process as well as answer any questions that you may have via a live Q&A.

    For more information about HS2 please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 16th February 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Works Notification: Update on works at Adelaide Road, Saturday 20 February 2021.

    We previously advised that short-term lane closures and traffic management may be needed on Adelaide Road during early 2021. You can find the previous notification here.

    On Saturday 20 February, we will be carrying out works to move welfare facilities in our Adelaide Road site. These works will take place during our core working hours of 8am to 1pm. We may be on site for an hour before the start and/or end of working times.

    To carry out these works safely, we will need to hold traffic on Adelaide Road for a short period. A short-term lane closure will be in place for up to one hour. We will use stop and go boards to keep traffic moving during this time.

    For further information please see our update works notification.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 15th February 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Works Notification: Trial of vibratory sheet piling south of Mornington Street Bridge, daytime 18 and/or 19 February; Granby Terrace Bridge deconstruction, weekend and 24/7 works, March to May; update on the Vehicle Holding Area; utility works in various locations, March to May.

    Trial of vibratory sheet piling south of Mornington Street Bridge, daytime 18 and/or 19 February.

    On 18 and/or 19 February we will be carrying out a trial of vibratory sheet piling ahead of the main sheet piling works planned for the 24/7 Network Rail closure (2 April until 17 May). The trial will help us identify measures to reduce noise and vibration where possible during the Network Rail closure. For more information please see notification . For information about piling please see our factsheet .

    Granby Terrace Bridge deconstruction, weekend and 24/7 works, March to May.

    To make room for the new railway we will expand the bridge across the railway cutting. In March we will start removing sections of Granby Terrace Bridge from within our worksite. A crane will be onsite over the weekends of 1-2 May, 8-9 May, 12-13 June, 19-20 June. We will also bring in three large loads between 10 and 12 March.

    Due to the location beside the live railway tracks, some of our works will carried out overnight during Network Rail closures on weekends and in two six-week periods from 2 April to 17 May and 17 July to 31 August. Please see notification.

    Update on works to the Vehicle Holding Area.

    In March, we will install permanent traffic lights on Prince Albert Road at the Vehicle Holding Area entrance. From 1 March until these lights are in place, we will use temporary traffic management to assist vehicles entering and exiting. Please see notification.

    Utility works at Parkway, Albert Street and various locations in the Camden Cutting area and Regent's Park Estate. March to May.

    We will carry out CCTV surveys on Parkway, 8 to 9 March and 12 to 13 April. From March to May we will carry out trial holes within the road on Parkway and Albert Street. Please see notification .

    We will carry out CCTV drainage surveys between 1 to 6 March and 6 to 8 April on Park Village East, Mornington Terrace, Mornington Place, Mornington Crescent and Clarkson Row. We will carry out two trial holes within the planter on Park Village East, 8 to 12 March. We will install ground water monitoring equipment within the footway and carriageway on Park Village East, 8 March to 29 May. Please see notification .

    For an update on UKPN works to install electricity cables along Park Village East as part of an ongoing phased work programme, please see notification .

    Between 1 and 3 March and 5 to 6 April, we will carry out CCTV surveys of utilities on Stanhope Street and Augustus Street. Please see notification.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 12th February 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 notification: Euston Approaches newsletter and virtual engagement sessions

    In February and March, we are hosting a number of online engagement sessions to explain our upcoming works in the Euston Approaches area, which starts at London Zoo car park and ends at Hampstead Road. We are also holding two presentations on the final design of the Euston Cavern Headhouse.

    Each session will be held twice, once at lunchtime and once in the evening. You will be able to ask questions of our team at each event. Information presented at the events will also be made available on the www.HS2inCamden.co.uk website. To register to join these sessions, please follow the links below.

    Presentation on the final design of the Euston Cavern Headhouse

    Tuesday 2 March 2021 at 12:00pm and Wednesday 3 March 2021 at 6pm

    To register for one of these presentations, please click here .

    Construction works update: Camden Cutting, Vehicle Holding Area and Parkway

    Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 12:00pm and Thursday 4 March 2021 at 6pm

    To register for one of these update sessions, please click here .

    Construction works update: Euston Throat

    Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 6pm and Thursday 4 March at 12:00pm

    To register for one of these update sessions, please click here .

    All HS2 events are listed here: www.hs2.org.uk/events .

    Posted on 11th February 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    Network Rail works notification: HS2 enabling work and essential Network Rail resilience works between Euston Station and Primrose Hill tunnels, 20 February 2021 – 30 May 2021.

    For an update on HS2 enabling work as well as some essential Network Rail resilience work that will be taking place between Euston Station and Primrose Hill tunnels over the next three months, please see this update for more information .

    If you have any queries about this work, please contact the Network Rail helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or email NRHS2@networkrail.co.uk. Please note, this email is only monitored during normal office hours.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 8th February 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    New  jobs board showcases opportunities to work on HS2 

    We have launched our brand-new jobs site to promote the estimated 20,000 roles that Phase One of the project is creating in the months and years ahead, the first time all opportunities to work directly on HS2 have been available to search in one place.

    This follows the Prime Minister's announcement of the 22,000 job opportunities available on the high speed rail project, when officially starting construction in September 2020. The initiative has the backing of the Department for Work and Pensions and a Memorandum of Understanding, which sets out the agreed roles and responsibilities of HS2 Ltd and its job brokerage partners, is in place between the two organisations.

    The new digital platform, hosted on the HS2 website  , offers those looking for work or a change of career, the opportunity to search the very latest vacancies with our construction partners and station contractors delivering the London to Birmingham section of the railway. The jobs board allows prospective candidates to search for vacancies by region or specialism, so they can quickly identify opportunities that match their criteria. 

    In September 2020, our four main works contractors and two station construction partners estimated that they would create over 20,000 jobs to support the decade-long construction programme for Phase One of the project. The jobs board, highlighting opportunities to work with us within the  supply chain, makes it easier for jobseekers to navigate and find a position that matches their career aspirations.

    It has been developed as part of a job brokerage partnership model, bringing together local authorities, enterprise partnerships, charities and employment support services along the 140-mile route of the first phase of the new railway. Job brokerage partners will play an integral role in supporting individuals from local communities, disadvantaged and underrepresented groups into employment on the project, in line with objectives set out in our Skills, Employment and Education Strategy.

    We have already supported 13,000 jobs, including more than 400 new apprenticeship starts and over 550 previously unemployed individuals. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we and our contractors also supported over 100 work experience placements to ensure that individuals are actively engaged with the programme and have the very best opportunity to capitalise on future career openings. 

    The start of main construction works last year was a catalyst for the project, spearheading £12bn of contract opportunities which British businesses are beginning to bid for.  As our tier one contractors begin procuring suppliers and services required to deliver their work packages, the number of job opportunities will increase. This heightened demand has created new career pathways and long-term career prospects for individuals at all levels, in both blue and white-collar roles.

    Please click here for more information about HS2’s job brokerage programme, or to search for vacancies on the new job platform .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 1st February 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Works Notification: Update on track-level weekend works in Euston Approaches, January & February 2021; further drainage surveys on Adelaide Road, 10-12 February; update on vegetation clearance within the Adelaide Road site.

    Update on track-level weekend works in Euston Approaches, January & February 2021.

    Overnight activities will continue on weekends in January and February next to Network Rail tracks near Hampstead Road, Granby Terrace and Mornington Street bridges. These works will be carried out between Saturdays 10pm to Sundays 12pm each weekend.

    We will carry out track-level visual inspections and surveys of the rail assets and retaining walls, install monitoring equipment, continue ground investigations and install hoarding between our worksite and the rail tracks. These works are carried out at night, along with planned Network Rail works during track closures for safe working. Lighting will not be intrusive and will only be used at each works location. We do not expect the works to be noisy and we will take all measures necessary to minimise the impact of our works on local residents.

    For details of weekend works please see notification of September 2020 .

    Further drainage surveys on Adelaide Road, 10 - 12 February 2021.

    We will be carrying out further drainage surveys on Adelaide Road from 10 to 12 February 2021. Each survey is planned to take place in one overnight shift from 9pm to 6am in order to minimise disruption to the road network. There will be overnight lane closures and parking bay suspensions, but we will keep disruption to a minimum. Please see notification for more details . Update on vegetation clearance within the Adelaide Road site, February 2021.

    We have been carrying out low level vegetation clearance within the site and had planned to start tree removal works from January 2021. Works to remove further vegetation and trees within the site have been re-scheduled and will now take place from February 2021. Our works do not include removal of vegetation or trees within the Adelaide Nature Reserve. Please see the update notification .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 29th January 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    Home learning activities for the high-speed railway builders of the future

    With many parents supporting children who are learning at home during the current time, we have developed a range of interesting curriculum-linked projects to work on at home. These include shorter activities ideal for families supporting younger children with learning at home and longer activities that teachers could set as cross-curricular projects.

    The online resources were created as a result of us being unable to visit schools to deliver our regular programme of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshops because of Covid-19 restrictions and also schools being less able to take students 'off-curriculum' for career-themed activities due to the disruption caused by the pandemic.

    Our Skills, Employment and Education team has created plans for STEM lessons which teachers can use to introduce a careers context to regular curriculum lessons. The activities are expected to take 1-2 hours to complete and are aimed primarily at 11-14 year-olds. Lessons include using maths skills to decide on how to construct a bridge across a motorway, researching the ecology of great created newts to create new habitats and using archaeological information to interpret the history of a site. There are also longer STEM projects and workshops available online, where students can develop their skills through hands-on and team build challenges to inspire them to become EPIC engineers.

    During the past year, five HS2 colleagues have become Enterprise Advisors for schools for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Our work with these schools revealed a demand for STEM activities adapted for SEND students, to encourage them to consider STEM careers. Online lessons for SEND students include working in teams to design a train station, learning about ecosystems and building an insect hotel, and preparing for independent rail travel through role play.

    Younger students aged between 7-11 can also get involved in shorter activities ranging from making rail tracks from everyday materials, solving puzzles and planning a railway route.

    For more information and to download guides and worksheets, visit our learning from home educational content web page .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 26th January 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    Return to work programme creates new opportunities to work on HS2

    Our main works construction partner for the West Ruislip to London Euston section of Britain’s new high speed railway has launched two new careers-focused initiatives, helping people who have taken a career break back into employment .

    In line with our drive to create employment opportunities for local people and those from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups, the Skanska Costain STRABAG Joint Venture is working in partnership with London-based organisations, Women Returners and STEM Returners , to actively engage the local community and support individuals who have taken a career break back into work.

    The Women Returners initiative is aimed at experienced professionals from a variety of backgrounds who have taken a career break of two years or more. The programme will offer six months’ paid work placements to six candidates, with a high likelihood of ongoing employment on HS2. Participants will receive comprehensive support, including a Career Returners Coaching Programme.

    In 2020, the joint venture recruited six high-calibre employees through the Women Returners programme, with a 100% conversion into permanent employment. It is hoped that this year’s initiative will encourage more people to join the sector and secure long-term employment. The programme particularly welcomes applications from female returners, supporting our aim to address the gender imbalance commonplace in the construction and rail sectors. However, recognising that career breaks for parental care or personal reasons are not exclusive to women, the joint venture also encourages male applicants.

    The second recruitment initiative is an innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) focused programme. Six places will be available on the 12-week programme, designed for individuals with a STEM-based career background such as engineering, or those who have worked in the STEM sector. Mentoring and coaching will be provided to ensure that those returning to work after a lengthy absence, are fully supported.

    After the 12 weeks, successful candidates may be offered full-time positions. The STEM Returners scheme has already supported almost 200 candidates, with 96% offered full-time roles at the end of their placement. The joint venture expects to recruit over 4,000 jobs, including positions for around 550 previously unemployed people and 400 apprenticeships to deliver its works for HS2.

    Find out more information about Women Returners , STEM Returners and careers at SCS Railways .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 13th January 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Works Notification: Network Rail works near Mornington Terrace, from 9pm on 16 January - 5.40am on 18 January.

    Network Rail would like to remind residents of upcoming work near to Mornington Terrace, from 9pm on 16 January – 5.40am on 18 January. Please see notification . Network Rail will be removing a set of points (these help to move the train from one line to another) and re-joining the track. This work will involve disconnecting the signals, cutting the track, removing the points, removing the gravel and stones that make up the railway bed (known as ballast), installing a new layer of ballast and installing pre-built track panels. The new track panels will be welded with the new ballast put on top. A tamping train is a machine that is used to compact ballast and ensure that the track is correctly aligned. One of these machines will be used at the end of work to ensure the track is at the right level. An engineering train will also be used to bring materials and waste to and from site. For the safety of staff on site, this work needs to be carried out at night when trains are not running. To minimise disruption to residents as much as possible Network Rail has planned for all materials and waste to be removed from site in one engineering train, rather than multiple trains. A rail mounted crane will also be used to lift and install the track panels. This is to reduce engineering train movements and allow Network Rail to complete this work in one weekend shift, rather than multiple weekends. Although Network Rail has planned to use machinery that will minimise disruption as much as possible, due to the nature of this work, some noise will be unavoidable. Network Rail will make every effort to reduce disturbance to residents. Staff working on site will be reminded of the importance of working considerately in the local area. Where it is safe to do so on track, they will also use acoustic barriers when cutting the rail.

    If you have any queries about this work, please contact the Network Rail 24-hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or email NRHS2@networkrail.co.uk. (Please note, this email is only monitored during normal office hours.)

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 11th January 2021

    by Freda Jesudason

    HS2 set to reach 730,000 planted trees landmark by spring 2021

    Over 300,000 trees will be planted by our specialist ecology teams across the Phase One route during the winter months, taking the total number of trees planted between London and the Midlands to more than 730,000 by this spring .

    The planting initiative is part of our extensive Green Corridor programme, designed to create a network of bigger, better-connected, habitats and new green spaces for people to enjoy. 430,000 trees have already been planted across Phase One and up to 7 million trees will eventually be planted along this part of the route, with many new grasslands, meadows and recreational areas for local communities.

    This short video highlights progress so far in the delivery of the Green Corridor.

    In West Ruislip , planting will create new woodland areas to provide connected habitats for bats . Trees being planted include field maple, hornbeam, hazel, holly, bird cherry, mountain ash, yew and spindle. There will also be areas of grassland and ponds created to protect local biodiversity and create new homes for a mix of wildlife.

    Through Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire , advanced planting and woodland compensation planting is being undertaken at West Hyde and Horn Hill, Wendover Dean, Aylesbury, Calvert and near the village of Ladbroke, by specialist ecology and landscape companies.

    In Warwickshire and the wider West Midlands , 60,000 trees will be planted at locations around South Cubbington Wood, Ashbeds Wood, Fulfen Wood, Ravenshaw and Broadwells Wood. A broad range of tree and shrub species will be planted to reflect each local area , including oak, hazel, birch, holly and hawthorn. This builds on the 80,000 trees already planted in the Midlands, with 40 ponds and many acres of wetland, heathland and meadow also created across the region.

    These areas will quickly develop to create new opportunities for wildlife and people, bolstering local wildlife corridors by linking with existing woodlands and other habitats. New wildlife habitats in a variety of locations also include badger setts, bat houses, bird boxes, reptile banks and bug houses to help local wildlife populations thrive.

    Green Corridor prospectus and mapping tool

    We have developed a new online map showing where we are delivering Green Corridor activities and highlighting our additional funded environmental projects along the route. You can view relevant Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) projects, the Woodland Fund, other local panel funds, and our environmental works in your area.

    The Green Corridor Prospectus accompanies the map, outlining how the Green Corridor and associated funding can benefit communities. Used together, these tools will enable community and environment groups to identify local opportunities to enhance and enjoy the natural environment using the funds available.

    Funding is available for a wide range of independent environmental projects to benefit nature and communities along the route , including creating new parks and play facilities, investing in green spaces in urban areas, regenerating areas along canals, and conserving and enhancing the historic environment. By working in partnership with organisations and individuals, the Green Corridor will deliver a positive, long-term legacy for the natural and historic environment , and for people and communities across the country.

    On Phase One and Phase 2a, the £7m HS2 Woodland Fund is helping local landowners create new native, broadleaf woodlands and restore existing ancient woodland sites. The first £1.25m has been allocated as part of a grant scheme managed on our behalf by the Forestry Commission, supporting 28 woodland projects that will deliver approximately 105 hectares of new woodland and restore a further 68 hectares of ancient woodland.

    For more information about funding available and how local groups can apply please visit www.hs2.org.uk/building-hs2/hs2-green-corridor

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 11th January 2021

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 update: New community engagement public progress report, Green Corridor prospectus and construction forward looks published

    We have recently published some new documents which may be of interest to you. This is part of our commitment to keeping you informed about HS2 progress and construction activities in your area.

    Community engagement report: January to June 2020

    We have published the fifth public report that documents our progress towards being a good neighbour by putting engagement with communities at the heart of everything we do.

    This report covers the six-month period from January to June 2020, and draws on a number of case studies of activity during the first half of the year, along with currently available data such as from our Helpdesk, community funding awarded and the events we have held.

    View and download the Community Engagement Progress Report: January to June 2020 report. A collection of all our reports to date can be found on the HS2 website .

    We will continue to publish these reports on a regular basis.

    Green Corridor prospectus and mapping tool

    As part of our commitment to conserve and enhance Britain’s natural environment as we plan and build the railway, HS2 is creating a Green Corridor along the route, a network of joined up habitats, landscaping and community-based environmental projects.

    We have developed an online map showing where we are delivering Green Corridor activities and where additional HS2 funded environmental projects are being delivered along the route. You will be able to use the map to view relevant Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) projects, the Woodland Fund, other local panel funds, and HS2 environmental works in your area.

    We have also published a Green Corridor Prospectus to accompany the map. The prospectus outlines the many ways the Green Corridor and associated funding can benefit communities, for example, through the creation of new play facilities, investment in green spaces in urban areas, regeneration along canals, and conservation and enhancement of the historic environment.

    Used together the Prospectus and the online map will enable community and environment groups to identify local opportunities to enhance and enjoy the natural environment using the funds available.

    As you will know there are a number of grants available to support environmental projects and improve green spaces in your constituency, such as the HS2 Community & Environment Fund and the Woodland Fund. If you would like to know more about how local groups can apply for funding please visit www.hs2.org.uk/building-hs2/hs2-green-corridor .

    Construction activities in your area, Winter 2020

    We are committed to providing you with information about what construction activities will be happening in your area and when. Our construction forward looks include information on construction, environmental and survey activities planned over the next three months. The latest edition is available to view and download on the works in your area page .

    Please note that the dates and information included in the forward look may be subject to change as the programme develops and any changes will be updated in the next edition of the forward look.

    HS2 Helpdesk remains available all day, every day

    As a reminder, over the festive period the HS2 Helpdesk will continue to operate all day, every day , including Christmas Day and bank holidays. You can contact us for free on 08081 434 434, by Minicom on 08081 456 472, or by email at HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 21st December 2020

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Update: Network Rail works over the Christmas period, 25-27 December; HS2 newsletter; Camden construction look ahead.

    Network Rail works over the Christmas period, 25-27 December 2020.

    This is a reminder about works happening over the Christmas period. Please see notification .

    HS2 newsletter, winter 2020.

    For an update on upcoming works, the works happening over the Christmas period and information about local projects Network Rail and HS2 have been supporting please click see our newsletter . Please be aware the majority of our sites will be closed from 24 December until 4 January, however there will be track-level piling works and Network Rail works taking place from 25-27 December 2020 .

    Camden three month construction look ahead, winter 2020/21.

    A forward look of construction activities planned in the next three months and proposed works for the next 12 months are available in the winter look ahead. The dates and information included are subject to change as the programme develops. Please click here for the look ahead .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 18th December 2020

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Works Notification (revised): Track-level works 25-27 December; drainage surveys at Gloucester Avenue, Kilburn Priory, Langtry Road, Springfield Lane; works within the Adelaide Road vent shaft site; works around Euston Station

    Three days track-level works over the Christmas period - 25 – 27 December 2020.

    For three days during the Christmas period, we will be carrying out sheet piling works at track level immediately adjacent to the Network Rail tracks. We can only work this close to the tracks when the trains are not running and we need to complete the work in one go. Therefore, we will make use of the longer closure that is possible over the Christmas period. We will be working between Mornington Street and Granby Terrace bridges. Please see notification.

    Drainage surveys on Gloucester Avenue - 21 and 22 January 2021

    A portion of the surveys outlined in the November notification could not be completed and have now be rescheduled. Works will take place on 21 and 22 January 2021. Please see notification.

    Kilburn Priory, Langtry Road and Springfield Lane - 19, 20, 25 and 26 January 2021

    We will be carrying out further drainage surveys on Springfield Lane on 19 and 20 January and overnight on Langtry Road and Kilburn Priory on 25 January, Springfield Lane and Kilburn Priory on 26 January 2021. Please see notification.

    Further works within the Adelaide Road site - January 2021

    Further to notification sent in November 2020, about works within the Adelaide Road site, the planned tree removal works during December have been re-phased. Works to remove further vegetation and trees within the site will now take place from January 2021. Our works do not include removal of vegetation or trees within the Adelaide Road Nature Reserve. Please see notification .

    Works around Euston Station:

    Ground investigation works around Euston Road and Doric Way from mid-January 2021 until May 2021

    Interim taxi rank construction - January 2021 until December 2021

    To facilitate the construction of the proposed HS2 station we will construct an interim taxi rank facility in the east side of Euston Square Gardens. The current taxi rank will move from Euston Square Gardens (west) to Euston Square Gardens (east).

    Demolition of One Euston Square and Grant Thornton House - works will continue until 2022

    In advance of the proposed HS2 station, we will continue and complete the demolition of One Euston Square and Grant Thornton buildings, to the west side of Euston Station. Most of the works are planned to take place during core working hours only. However, it may be necessary to undertake some works during the weekend and at night. This is so that we can reduce the impact on the public and commuters at Euston Station.

    For further information about these works please see notification .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 18th December 2020

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 construction progresses at Euston as towers reach ground level

    Preparations for London’s high speed rail terminus at Euston have reached a new milestone as the two office towers outside the existing station are now at ground level. Grant Thornton House and One Euston Square – designed by modernist architect Richard Seifert – have made way for the new high speed station, with more space for passengers and better links to the London Underground.

    Our enabling works contractor, Costain Skanska joint venture (CSJV), has completed two years’ worth of demolition work, taking the 1970s towers to ground level. The site has now been handed over to the station construction partner, Mace Dragados joint venture (MDJV), who will complete the demolition of the basement in preparation for our new station construction works.

    In order to demolish the buildings, they were encapsulated within an acoustic wrap as part of the agreement to mitigate noise and dust in the local area. Excavators with breaking and munching attachments were then lifted onto the roof using the site tower crane and then worked down, demolishing the building floor by floor. Over 35,000 tonnes of reinforced concrete was demolished and processed on site for re-use on our Euston scheme.

    The final stage of the works was to demolish the huge 2.7-metre thick One Euston Square first floor slab. This was completed in two stages. Firstly two 45-tonne excavators with breaking attachments were lifted on to the slab with a 450-tonne mobile crane. These machines removed 60% of the slab working from the top. Once complete, they were lifted down and the works were finished using a 45-tonne and 60-tonne excavator from ground level.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 11th December 2020

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Works Notification: Adelaide Road traffic management and drainage surveys update 3 December, week commencing 14 December and early 2021; Euston Approaches abnormal load movements update 5 December 2020; Parkway trial hole update 7 to 11 December 2020; Harrington Street hoarding extension update 30 November to 11 December 2020; Park Village East surveys update 2 December - 23 December 2020

    Adelaide Road traffic management and further drainage surveys update:

    Traffic management on Adelaide Road will remain in place until late November 2020. Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our supply chain, the current temporary traffic lights on Adelaide Road and the closure at the junction of Eton Road will now remain in place until 18 December 2020. We plan to reopen Adelaide Road to two-way traffic from 18 December 2020.

    For further information please see our works notification .

    Euston Approaches abnormal load update:

    We will deliver 6 large loads via Hampstead Road/Granby Terrace Bridge to our Granby Terrace worksite on 5 December 2020.

    For further information please see our works notification .

    Parkway utility trial hole update:

    Works planned on Parkway to undertake utility trial holes on Delancy Street has been set back to start on Monday 30 November. Trial holes on Parkway will start on Monday 7 December.

    For further information please see our works notification .

    Harrington Street hoarding extension update:

    The hoarding around our Euston Throat retaining cut worksite is being extended into the end of Harrington Street, with an incursion into the footpath.

    For further information please see our works notification .

    Park Village East surveys update:

    Ground penetrating radar surveys requiring lane closures will now be undertaken later in December, however the removal of the parapet wall will take place from 2 December to 23 December. The current parking suspension of 15 parking bays will still stand, to allow us to do this work.

    For further information please see our works notification.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 27th November 2020

    by HS2 in Camden

    H2 Works Notification: Euston Road Retained Cut and Hampstead Road works update, ongoing from November 2020 to August 2021; Surveys on Park Village East, 30 November to 27 December 2020.

    Euston Road Retained Cut and Hampstead Road works:

    We previously told you about our preparatory works to set-up Hampstead Road and Euston Throat Retained Cut worksites. This is an update on upcoming works at Hampstead Road and Euston Throat Retained Cut worksites. Within the worksite, we will build a haul road which will be in use for extended periods during our works. During periods where the haul road is in use, lorries will enter and exit directly from and onto Hampstead Road, reducing construction traffic on nearby residential streets. We will maximise the use of the haul road as much as possible.

    For further information please see our works notification.

    Park Village East surveys:

    We will carry out ground penetrating radar surveys along Park Village East from Granby Terrace to Parkway. The surveys, which will be done in core hours, require footpath and lane closures and parking bay suspensions in six phases moving north from Granby Terrace bridge. We will remove traffic management as we complete each phase to mitigate impacts to parking bays and the road as much as possible.

    For further information please see our works notification.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 13th November 2020

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Works Notification: Gloucester Avenue and Princess Road drainage surveys, 18, 19 and 23 November 2020; Drainage surveys on Kilburn Priory, Langtry Road and Springfield Lane 24, 25 and 29 November 2020; Network Rail works update from 21 November 2020 to 27 February 2021

    Drainage surveys on Gloucester Avenue and Princess Road:

    We will be carrying out further drainage surveys on Gloucester Avenue and Princess Road. We will be working overnight on 18, 19 and 23 November. Some parking bays on both roads will be temporarily suspended while we carry out the surveys.

    For further information please see our works notification.

    Drainage surveys on Kilburn Priory, Langtry Road and Springfield Lane:

    We will be carrying out further overnight drainage surveys on Kilburn Priory, Langtry Road and Springfield Lane. We will be working on 24, 25 and 29 November. Some parking bays will be temporarily suspended on Kilburn Priory and Langtry Road. To carry out these works safely, a signed diversion route will be in place to facilitate an overnight road closure on Springfield Lane. In order to keep vehicle access to and from some of the local businesses, a section of Springfield Lane next to Energie Fitness Gym will be converted to a 2-way system. We will temporarily suspend some parking bays on Springfield Lane during these works.

    For further information please see our works notification .

    Network Rail works update:

    Please click here for details of Network Rail enabling works from 21 November to 27 February 2021.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 10th November 2020

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Works Notification: Reminder of Network Rail night time works on the weekend of 14 and 15 November; HS2 utilities trial hole surveys at Parkway 24 November 2020 to 23 February 2021

    Network Rail night time works on 14 and 15 November

    Network Rail would like to remind residents about upcoming work, detailed in the pre-notification letter dated 17 August . During the nights of 14 and 15 November, by Hampstead Road, Network Rail will be removing track, burning rail and installing sleepers using burning equipment and road rail vehicles. This work is to help prepare the way for high speed rail.

    Due to the nature of the equipment and machinery that will be used, some noise will be unavoidable. However, every effort will be made to reduce disturbance to residents. Staff working on site are also regularly reminded of the importance of working considerately in the local area.

    For the safety of staff working on site, this work must be carried out at night when the power to the overhead lines has been switched off and trains are not running.

    If you have any queries about this work, please contact the Network Rail 24-hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or email NRHS2@networkrail.co.uk. Please note, this email address is only monitored during normal office hours.

    HS2 utilities trial hole surveys at Parkway

    As part of our investigations, we will dig trial holes to inspect the underground utilities around Parkway. This will help us understand what we need to do to protect the underground utilities during our works. For further information please see this notification .

    Large load deliveries

    There will be several large load deliveries to our sites over the next few weeks, please see the Euston Approaches section on the 'Works in Your Area' page for more information.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 5th November 2020

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Works Update: Hampstead Road Trial Hole Surveys, Granby Terrace Trial Hole Surveys and Large Loads Movements to Euston Scissor Box Site

    Hampstead Road Trial Hole Survey

    Our Hampstead Road site set-up is in progress. Due to delays caused by issues with fencing installation and amendments to security measures, the trial hole survey works on Hampstead Road are currently being carried out and are now due to be completed on 7 December.

    For further information please see our works notification

    Granby Terrace Trial Hole Surveys

    Works near Granby Terrace continue including earthworks, trial holes and surveys. From 28 October we will carry out a trial hole on the east abutment of Granby Terrace bridge near our Addison Lee office. The work will be completed by 5 November and we will fence off the works area for safety.

    Large Loads Movements to Euston Scissor Box Site

    On Monday 26 October, Wednesday 28 October and Thursday 29 October we will deliver large loads via Hampstead Road to our Euston Scissor Box worksite. These movements need to be carried out at night or early morning for safety reasons and our traffic management team will be present to assist the haulier to safely navigate the route.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 23rd October 2020

    by HS2 In Camden

    Sign up to free online events as part of Britain's Festival of Archaeology

    To mark the Council for British Archaeology's Festival of Archaeology , we are holding a series of free online events so you can get involved and find out more about what treasures are being unearthed as we build the country's new high speed railway. The event, now in its 29th year, is being held from October 24 - November 1, shining a light on our past and how our ancestors lived.

    A day in the life of a HS2 Archaeologist

    If you've ever wondered what an archaeologist does when they’re at work, then or webinar A day in the life of a HS2 Archaeologist on Monday October 26 (12.15 - 12.50pm) is for you!

    The session will explore the academic choices and professional job roles which led some of our archaeologists to their careers working on HS2. Hosted by one of our Historic Environment Managers and main works civils contractor CSJV’s Archaeological Lead, this webinar focuses on the careers of Dr Emma Hopla and Dr Emma Tetlow.

    They will discuss a typical week in the life of the Archaeological Client and the Archaeological Contractor, as well as some of the exciting discoveries they have made along the way. You will also be able to ask the team questions via a live Q&A chat.

    Sign up to attend this free online event via our Eventbrite page

    An Introduction to HS2 Archaeology: Staffordshire and Cheshire

    Our second session, An Introduction to HS2 Archaeology: Staffordshire and Cheshire , highlights how our archaeological works on Phase 2a from Fradley to Crewe, which cross north Staffordshire and East Cheshire, build upon our experiences and discoveries from Phase One, revealing new insights and findings about the history of this landscape.

    Led by Chris Jordan, our Historic Environment Manager for Phase 2a, this talk will introduce the heritage along the Phase 2a route, including the influence of the landscape, and discuss what we are trying to discover, how we do it, and what exciting finds we might expect over the next few years.

    You will be able to ask Chris and the team questions via a live Q&A chat during the online event which takes place on Tuesday October 27 (12.15 - 12.50pm) .

    Sign up to attend this free online event via our Eventbrite page

    An Introduction to St Mary's in Stoke Mandeville

    Our final webinar focuses on the archaeological works carried out at St Mary's Church in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire.

    An Introduction to St Mary's in Stoke Mandeville on Wednesday October 28 (12.15 - 12.50pm) will be led by Guy Hunt, Partner at LP Archaeology, alongside experts from HS2 and Fusion. Guy and the team will explain how the site is a fantastic opportunity for archaeologists to examine and understand a landscape which has been occupied by humans for thousands of years, dating back to the Bronze Age.

    The team will be available to answer your questions during a live Q&A chat option.

    Please be warned that the presentation will contain images of human remains (skeletons).

    Sign up to attend this free online event via our Eventbrite page

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 12th October 2020

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Works Update: Park Village East hoarding works, Hampstead Road site set-up, Granby Terrace Bridge trial hole survey and large load movements to the Euston Scissor Box worksite

    Park Village East Hoarding Works

    Hoarding works along Park Village East have been put on hold because we have encountered some delays with deliveries. From 9 October we will remove the traffic management in place for the lane closure and release the parking bays while we finalise plans. We will maintain the footpath closure to carry out some minor works.

    We will provide an update once a new date for the works are confirmed prior to installing traffic management. As we progress the installation of the hoarding on Park Village East at the southern end near Granby Terrace, we will move the line of the hoarding into the footpath keeping a 1.5 m offset from the edge of the footpath to enable construction of a substation within our worksite. We will also remove the parapet wall within this area for the construction of the substation.

    Stanhope Street

    Hoarding works and traffic management along Stanhope Street, including reinstating the existing graphics and lighting, will be completed by 16 October.

    For further information please see our works notification.

    Hampstead Road

    The works to set-up the Hampstead Road worksite are in progress with the planned night works now complete. Due to delays during the week caused by issues with fencing installation and amendments to security measures we need to carry out works this weekend, Saturday 10 October and Sunday 11 October, from 8am to 6pm. We apologise for the disruption caused by these works.

    For further information please see our works notification.

    Granby Terrace Bridge

    Works near Granby Terrace are continuing including earthworks, trial holes and surveys. From 26 October we will carry out a trial hole survey on the east abutment of Granby Terrace bridge near our Addison Lee office. The work will be completed within a week and we will fence off the works area for safety.

    Large Load Movements

    On Monday 19 October, Wednesday 21 October and the week commencing Monday 26 October, large loads will be delivered via Park Village East, Stanhope Street or Granby Terrace bridge to our Euston Scissor Box worksite.

    These movements may need to be carried out at night or early morning for safety reasons and our traffic management team will be present to assist the haulier to safely navigate the route.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 9th October 2020

    by HS2 in Camden

    St James’s Gardens deceased to be reburied in Surrey cemetery

    Following the excavations at St James’s Gardens, and working with the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, we have agreed with Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey for reburials to take place there.

    In October 2018, HS2 archaeologists began the excavation of one of London’s 18th and 19th century burial grounds, to the west of Euston station in St James’s Gardens. The site, which was used as a cemetery for 63 years, before being converted into to a public garden for the remaining 165 years, is required for the construction of the UK’s new high speed railway line and the new station. The site was home to over 50,000 of London’s deceased.

    This fascinating insight into London’s past uncovered through the excavations at St James’s Gardens is currently being showcased in a BBC documentary series, ' HS2 – The Biggest Dig '. The three part series continues on Tuesday 22nd September on BBC Two and is available on BBC iPlayer.

    The relocations follow a long history of London reburials at Brookwood Cemetery, which was conceived in 1849 by the London Necropolis Company to house London’s deceased at a time when the capital was unable to accommodate increasing numbers. Brookwood was connected to the capital by a special railway branch line, and the capital’s dead were taken there by hearse train carriages.

    The first major reburials took place in 1862 when the construction of Charing Cross Railway station required the demolition of a burial ground in Southwark. Euston station was extended westwards in the 1940s and some of the occupants of St James’s Gardens required reburial. Those remains were rehomed at Brookwood, so this agreement to rebury the remaining occupants there means that the buried population will remain together. All the human remains are to be reburied in consecrated ground in line with our commitment to the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England.

    A team of over 200 archaeologists and related specialists undertook the careful archaeological work, in advance of construction. They have already discovered much about the lives and deaths of ordinary Londoners’ as well as uncover the remains of notable people including explorers, soldiers, artists and musicians. Further analysis of a proportion of the human remains will tell us more about the individuals who inhabited London at this exciting time in its history.

    It was announced last year that the remains of one of St James’s Gardens population, Captain Matthew Flinders, the British explorer who first circumnavigated Australia and gave the country its name, will be buried in his home village of Donington, Lincolnshire. This follows a request made by the descendants of the Flinders family and the local community for his remains to be returned to the village where he grew up.

    For more information about HS2 please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 17th September 2020

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Works Notification: Prince Albert Road Closure from 19 October and Update on Adelaide Road Works

    Posted on 17th September 2020

    by HS2 in Camden

    Join our Heritage Open Days archaeology webinars - then watch the past brought to life in major new BBC HS2 documentary

    September is an exciting time to learn about the mysteries of the past and how our ancestors lived as we host a series of fascinating online archaeology events as part of Heritage Open Days 2020. In addition, a major three-part documentary will be shown on BBC Two from Tuesday, September 15, exploring the discoveries found in Britain’s largest ever archaeological programme.

    Before construction work began, and any track is laid, over 1,000 archaeologists, across more than 60 sites between London and the West Midlands, have been carefully uncovering the secrets of Britain’s past. The BBC series, ' HS2 – The Biggest Dig ' will focus on two major cemetery excavations – one adjacent to London’s Euston station and the other in Park Street, next to Birmingham Curzon Street station – the sites of our two new terminals.

    For three years, our archaeologists have been giving TV documentary makers, Lion TV, exclusive access to archaeological sites being excavated as part of the project and the series is presented by anthropologist and anatomist Professor Alice Roberts and historian Dr Yasmin Khan.

    HS2 Archaeology webinar series, 11 - 19 September - sign-up now

    The BBC series is complemented throughout September with a number of online archaeology webinars to support Heritage Open Days 2020, highlighting some of the exciting finds uncovered along the route of the new railway.

    We're holding the following online events (click on the events below to register):

  • Uncovering Roman finds in Fleet Marston, Buckinghamshire: 11 Sept 13:30-14:30
  • Archaeology of the Colne Valley: 14 Sept 12:15-13:15
  • Archaeological finds at Park Street, Birmingham: 15 Sept 12:30-13:30
  • Uncovering Mercote Marsh and the Fosse Way, Warwickshire: 16 Sept 12:30-13:30
  • Uncovering Coleshill in Warwickshire: 17 Sept 12:30-13:30
  • An introduction to HS2 archaeology in Fradley to Crewe, Staffordshire: 18 Sept 13:15-14:00
  • HS2 archaeology conference: 19 Sept 11:00-14:55
  • You can find the full list of our online events at www.hs2.org.uk/events .

    We will be publishing video recordings of the session online, so if you are not able to listen live you can still learn about each topic through a dedicated playlist on the HS2 YouTube channel .

    HS2 - The Biggest Dig will be also be available on BBC iPlayer .

    For more information about HS2 please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 9th September 2020

    by HS2 in Camden

    HS2 Works Notification: Hampstead Road and next to Cartmel, utilities trial holes, 14 September to 22 October and Adelaide Road site overnight works from 19 September

    We are carrying out trial holes in Hampstead Road and next to Cartmel in two stages. The first stage, from 14 to 25 September, is in the middle of Hampstead Road requiring the closure of the northbound centre lane. The second stage, from 28 September to 22 October, will be done as part of a range of works outside Cartmel and within Hampstead Road.

    For further information please see our works notification .

    During September and early October, we will remove shrubs and bushes between our Adelaide Road site and the Network Rail tracks overnight on 19 and 26 September and 3 October during rail track possessions when trains are not using the tracks. Measures will be in place to reduce any disruption to residents.

    For further information please see our works notification .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 2nd September 2020

    by HS2 in Camden