The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan joins over 250 local residents, community groups and businesses that have pledged support for the project which would transform a 0.8km disused railway line in Camden into a new public park and garden walk. The 8 metre high, 18 metre wide, disused railway line crosses 8 roads on 7 existing bridges and was originally built as part of the North London Railway, now the North London Line, which is part of the London Overground network.
The western end of the proposed route begins on the north side of the North London Line above Kentish Town Road. The proposed route then travels eastwards, to the north of Camden Road station (the section with the largest width), towards Caledonian Road & Barnsbury station, over several intact but disused railway bridges, and finishes by Camley Street, which leads into King’s Cross.
The project, a rival to New York’s iconic High Line, will provide a pedestrian and cycle route to link the world-famous Camden Market with the recently redeveloped King’s Cross area.
Local business group Camden Town Unlimited recently launched the crowdfunding campaign to raise £40,000 for a feasibility study into the proposals. Over 90% of the target funding has been raised one month into the campaign, with the Mayor and Camden Market making donations, as announced at City Hall.
“This innovative project has the potential to become a real asset for Camden and is a great example of a local community taking an idea and garnering support in order to make it a reality. I look forward to seeing it develop.” -Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
The Camden Highline is a project proposed by Camden Town Unlimited (CTU), the business improvement district (BID) for Camden Town. They recently exceeded their initial crowdfunding goal of £36,950 at the time the fundraising effort was closed they reached £63,980 including Camden Market, Camden Town Unlimited and the Mayor of London the main contributors.