Local people with long memories will remember the campaign to provide a footbridge over the tracks behind Kings Cross at Wharfdale Road in compensation for the closure of the entrance to Platform 1 at that spot. Instead Network Rail made a S106 agreement with Camden Council for about £1 million as compensation. Several local people have been trying to work out what has happened to the money. The wonderful FOI site ‘What Do They Know’ has helped me with an FOI request to achieve a sort of statement of account from Camden. The bottom line is that there is £382,198.41 still to spend. I am grateful to officers for taking the time to tot up the balance. It isn’t clear to me what the further work mentioned is to be – that’s for another article. Text from Camden follows:
Following public consultation in late 2010, works to improve York Way were started in 2011, but are currently postponed pending mandatory Transport for London approval for the next phase of the scheme. Work to date includes highway drainage work and extensive widening of the western footway. The next phase will continue the footway widening process right down to the bottom of York Way to the junction with Euston Road. However, TfL are currently working on their own scheme to improve the network at that junction and this is causing further works programming issues. Beyond that changes are also planned to the Wharfdale Road junction and improvement works on the eastern footway.
Following on from advice previously given in 2009, several payments have been made from the Environmental Improvements Contribution. As requested, these are set out in table form below:
Paragraph 4.22 of the S106 – Environmental Improvements Contribution. A total of £601,592.34 has been received.
Sum spent Purpose
£2,810.00 York Way bus survey
£19,800.00 Two payments (£13,000 and £6,800) for York Way Urban Initiatives Study
£74,664.62 Design fees for York Way improvements scheme
£122,119.31 Works costs, including stockpiled materials
£382,198.41 is retained, to be spent on the purposes as set out in clause 2.27 of the S106 agreement
Network Rail paid a Footbridge Contribution of £258,941.34 in January 2009 (in line with paragraph 4.18.7 of the S106 agreement). This sum is to be used for the same purposes as the Environmental Improvements Contribution.
As stated in the previous response, a £100,000 highways contribution was received in June 2009. This sum has not yet been spent but will be applied towards the purposes defined in paragraph 2.39 of the S106 agreement.