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HS2 could deliver 19,000 new homes, claims council

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

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Hammersmith & Fulham Council has claimed that the proposed HS2 rail line could bring 19,000 new homes to the borough.

H&F believes vast tracts of semi-derelict industrial land in the north of the area could be transformed with with the new homes, creating 90,000 jobs at the same time, thanks to the major improvement in accessibility that HS2 will bring.

Cllr Nicholas Botterill, council leader, said: "HS2 has the potential to act as a catalyst to create much-needed new homes, jobs and opportunities in one of London's poorest areas. We have heard a lot about how HS2 will bridge the north-south divide and regenerate parts of northern England and the Midlands but it has also the potential to transform rundown inner London neighbourhoods right on our doorstep.

“We will continue engaging with HS2 and the government over the coming months to ensure that the HS2 proposals deliver the optimal benefits for the borough’s residents.”

Last week's government bill on HS2 confirmed the borough's Old Oak Common, just north of Wormwood Scrubs, as a principal hub station for the line.

Cllr Botterill added: “The number of passengers on our railways has doubled since 1995 while rail freight traffic has risen by 65% over the same period. The existing rail network is operating at near full capacity and neither new motorways nor domestic air travel are environmentally sustainable options to meet the mobility requirements of a British population expected to grow by 10 million by 2033.”

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