OPINION - The Leader podcast: Decade of HS2 delays and London’s tumbling house prices

Rail minister Huw Merriman (Aaron Chown/PA) (PA Wire)
Rail minister Huw Merriman (Aaron Chown/PA) (PA Wire)

Could a “super-hub” planned for the high-speed London-to-Birmingham rail link once the Cameron-Osborne government’s flagship transport project be headed for the buffers?

Because a four-and-a-half mile stretch crucial for getting passengers into central London from HS2’s planned Old Oak Common interchange, near Wormwood Scrubs, is on ice as Euston project costs rocket from £2.6 billion to £4.8 billion.

Now the Department for Transport’s delaying the Euston project until the 2040s - that’s a decade later than planned - as construction costs spiral and designers struggle to make the new HS2 station fit with the existing terminus.

Nearby Camden residents have already suffered years of anxiety from the disruption - now they’re in limbo living near a vast crater of a building site, with many fearing for their property values, structural integrity from tunnelling and mental health.

The Leader podcast speaks with journalist Ella Jessel, who’s been investigating the project for the Standard’s Homes & Property.

Plus, how Primrose Hill residents have seen their property prices fall and daily lives disrupted, with actress and local campaigner Annabel Leventon.

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