Network Rail has now said that they do intend to close the access to Kings Cross station from the North and the East – sawing a community in half. Following our meeting Network Rail propose some palliative measures Download letter_to_paul_convery_mar_07.pdf (work to make York Way safe to walk down) but from July this year 150 years of entering the station from the North will end. This is a terrible result for the thousands of people who live and work here.
Camden Council have to approve this as part of the wider plans for refurbishing Kings Cross. The decision will be taken at a meeting on Thursday at Camden Town Hall (details here Item 12- thanks to Phil Jeffries). So we are working up some lobbying plans – our MP Emily Thornberry and Councillor Paul Convery are behind us. I should be amazed if a Council could approve plans to:
- reduce pedestrian access to a modern transport hub
- cut a community in two
- make commuting less safe for women
- kick a community in the teeth just as it is beginning to recover
We need to ensure that the Council does not feel pressured by bogus Olympic time scales. A couple of months now to think these crazy plans through prevent decades of problems. Will update in next day or so.