Camden Lock bid to stop tube plan

Camden Lock London has drafted in its retained agency AS Biss & Co to support efforts to thwart controversial plans by London Underground (LU) to extend Camden Town station.

The agency is to support representatives of Camden Markets as they give evidence to the planning inquiry into LU’s redevelopment plans before the end of the month. Its remit includes media relations as part of its ongoing public and media liaison work.

The owners and operators of Camden Markets oppose LU’s plans to redevelop Camden Town station on the grounds it would infringe on land currently used by market stall traders, the United Reformed Church and The Electric Ballroom.

Camden Lock and AS Biss commissioned an NOP World survey in January that found 70 per cent of visitors to Camden would be less likely to visit the area if LU’s proposals to replace the market site with a modern development incorporating a new station went ahead.

The group is lobbying the inquiry with alternative proposals from engineering firm Arup.

Camden Lock spokesman Henry Lennard said: ‘LU must reconsider its proposals to carry out a comprehensive redevelopment and look again at the proposals for redeveloping the station without destroying the market.’

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