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Homeowner clears legal hurdle in bid to stop ‘catastrophic’ Euston tunnel design


I recall a little difficulty between Thornfield developers who were proposing to demolish and redevelop the unlisted part of Smithfield market a few years ago, and SAVE who were determined it should be - well, obviously, Saved. Thornfield and their architects/engineers/ advisers denied the significance of disused tunnels near Farringdon station which predated the market. Had they been destabilised (which they would have), it would have had disastrous results. That was only resolved by Judicial Review and public inquiry. Happily now the Museum of London should be moving into the Smithfield buildings, assuming the new government doesn't decide to deflect all cultural spending (if any) to their new friends in the north, while the functioning meat market faces new problems. (If that ruffles any feathers, I'm wholly in support of increased cultural spending in the north, in fact it would be a better use of much HS2 money. I just don't trust Johnson, Javid and the rest to do the decent thing anywhere.) As for Euston, by all means reinstate the Euston Arch, but the cost of the HS2 operation around there, and the loss of housing, social and otherwise, is ludicrous when compared with making the terminus at Old Oak Common.

Posted date

24 January, 2020

Posted time

4:58 pm