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Council hails insulation plan for Camden homes near HS2

The leader of Camden Council has spoken of the local authority's pride in securing a number of concessions for residents affected by the building of the HS2 rail line.

Speaking as the bill to build the first part of the high-speed link from London to Birmingham finally passed into law, Councillor Sarah Hayward said the local authority has "successfully secured significant concessions" from the government. These include having extra noise insulation fitted in homes.

Other measures include lost council homes being replaced, the placing of restrictions on construction vehicle emissions and the setting up of a new £3.5 million Camden Community Fund.  

That include extra noise insulation in homes, as well as replacements for lost council homes, restrictions on construction vehicle emissions and a Camden Community Fund worth £3.5 million.

Camden Council's area includes Euston, where the line will have its London terminus, as well as a significant part of the line. Other affected London boroughs include Ealing and Hillingdon, where the line will run through tunnels. 

Other urban areas will be affected such as east Birmingham and, when the second phase is built, parts of Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield.

The line will also pass through rural areas, with many homes seeing their previous tranquil existence being disturbed. This has been one of the reasons for many opponents campaigning against the line. Others have argued that the cost of the investment will not produced the promised returns in terms of economic benefits. 

However, apart from the Greens and UKIP, it has had the support of the main political parties and advocates argue it will bring about an important increase in capacity and shorter journey times. 

Speaking about the passage of the bill, transport secretary Chris Grayling said: "It's been a long and arduous process, particularly for those who served on the committees in both Houses, and I'd just like to express my thanks to them for the work they've done."