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Plans unveiled for London Highline from Camden to King’s Cross

Unlike its counterpart in New York City – or the defunct Garden Bridge – cycling would be allowed on proposed link


Plans have been unveiled for a proposed Camden Highline, which would see a disused railway line be turned into an temporary public park and provide a new transport link from Camden Town to King’s Cross.

But unlike the defunct Garden Bridge, or the Highline in New York City from which the project takes its name – and which itself was inspired by the Promenade Plantée in Paris – cycling would be allowed on the linear park, if built.

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800 metres in length, 18 metres wide and eight metres above the ground, it would have seven bridges and cross eight roads and would use a former railway line originally built for the North London Line, now part of the London Overground.

The idea was originally conceived by Oliver O’Brien,  a research assistant at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London whose work we have featured before on, with North London-based website picking up on his idea and discovering strong support for the project from its readers.

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The website then approached Simon Pitkeathley, chief executive of Camden Town Unlimited CTU), the business improvement district for Camden Town, which commissioned Studio Weave and Architecture 00 to come up with designs.

CTU is now in negotiations with Network Rail about bringing the concept to life.

Pitkeathley told “To make this project happen, it’s got to have public support.

“It’s got to benefit the local area too, which is what we’ll be working on demonstrating in the future.

“So if you’re interested in the project, and want to help – please visit, join the mailing list, and pledge your support.”

One attraction of the Camden Highline, which would start at Camden Gardens next to the Hawley Wharf redevelopment currently being built and finish just short of the bridge carrying the rail line out of St Pancras International is that it would provide a link between two parts of North London currently undergoing huge regeneration.

A new cycling and footbridge currently being built would then complete the journey into King’s Cross’s Granary Square, home to UAL’s Central Martin’s Campus and where development as a retail, leisure and business destination is continuing apace.

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Another selling point of the proposed project is that it would ease pedestrian and cyclist congestion on the Regent’s Canal, the route of which it follows closely and which particularly at rush hour can be the scene of conflict between people on bikes and foot.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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OldRidgeback | 7 years ago

It's an interesting suggestion though it'd be a shared use link for low speed trundling and not suited to Strava devotees. Given the traffic densities around that rea, it'd be a pleasant way to get from one end to the other. Given all the traffic lights at ground level, a low speed trundle along the highline probably wouldn't be much slower than taking the road and it'd certainly be safer. Howabout a ban on the use of extending dog leads though?

Pub bike | 7 years ago

Are there going to be a ramps at each end or will bikes have to be carried up the steps?

Leviathan | 7 years ago
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Having walked on the NY Highline I don't see why this article is appearing on a cycling website. It wouldn't be  an effective alternative to streetlevel cycling. It will be a crowded tourist promenade clogged with planters benchs and coffee/ice cream stalls.

DaveE128 | 7 years ago

cycle lane looks rather narrow in artists impression. Would it be one-way? And why would the park be temporary?

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