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A recent bid to transform an old section of raised railway track in North London into an elevated garden could provide London with its answer to New York City’s famous ‘High Line’, a public park built on a historic freight railway elevated above the streets of Manhattan.
Proposed by local business development agency Camden Town Unlimited (a non-profit organisation), this North London counterpart would see a 0.8km long and 18m wide disused elevated railway track near Camden Town station converted in to a public green space and commuting route.
Eight meters off the ground, the public garden would provide a direct link between Camden and King's Cross, cutting commuting time between the two to only ten minutes for pedestrians and even less for cyclists.
Originally built as part of the North London Railway, the abandoned track crosses eight roads and seven bridges running all the way from Kentish Town Road to King’s Cross. Once completed the proposed Camden High Line would feature a garden walkway and a landscaped park and would be completely free to use making it accessible to everyone.
With a firm belief that the completed project would positively impact the local residents and surrounding neighbourhoods, a number of campaigners are urging local residents and Londoners alike to pledge their support for the project through the campaigns crowdfunding page.
If successful, it is hoped money raised through the the crowdfunding campaign would take the project to the next stage which would include site appraisals and surveys as well as help to pay for exhibitions, events and workshops to further promote the project.
Landscaping Solutions company director Ben West feels Camden would benefit greatly from a project of this nature; "Having visited the New York High Line myself last year, its difficult to deny the benefits of a project such as this. If London can achieve the same level of success as the New York scheme by repurposing such a prominent piece of the urban landscape then its definitely something worth pursuing”. said Ben.
For further information regarding the Camden High Line or to support the project through its crowdfunding page click here.