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1997-11-11 RTK-004
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'Let's make Cricklewood regeneration happen' says Railtrack

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Railtrack plc

'Let's make Cricklewood regeneration happen' says Railtrack

11 November 1997
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

Railtrack today publicly welcomed Barnet council's plans for developing around 70 acres of underused land south of the north circular road, known as Cricklewood sidings, to provide jobs, better facilities and environmental improvements to the area as well as an improved rail freight terminal.

Railtrack warned that the proposals are in danger unless greater attention is paid to financial viability. The company has put forward a variation on the council's scheme which is more economically robust. It includes all the improvements Barnet proposes and creates an 'urban village' - sports and leisure facilities, employment, parks and public spaces, doctors and dentists surgeries, houses, bars, hotels and restaurants. Crucially, Railtrack is calling for a small proportion of the area to be devoted to new shops while retaining an adjacent rail freight facility.

Bob Hill, Railtrack director of property said: "Much of what the council plans for Cricklewood is exactly right and we entirely support the various improvements proposed. If we work together the whole regeneration package can be brought forward in the next three or so years. However, if the scheme does not stand up financially then this land could remain under-utilised for decades."

Railtrack believes the small amendments it suggests will allow all the initiatives identified by the council and its consultants, John Thompson & Partners, to be implemented in the next few years. These include a radical approach to transportation where the car will no longer be king. A new public transport network with safe footpaths, green corridors and cycle routes will be introduced.

Railtrack has been discussing proposals for the area with Barnet council for several years and wishes to work in partnership with the local authority to bring the regeneration package forward quickly. The company owns about 60 acres of the proposed regeneration area and is therefore crucial to making the package happen.

Bob Hill continued, "The council has taken a very positive attitude to revitalising the area and is keen, as we are, to see something happen quickly. We hope to convince them that our ideas are a sensible amendment to their plans and will give the improvements they suggest a chance of being implemented."

The Cricklewood site is presently largely unused with a small part of the area used as a freight yard by English Welsh and Scottish Railway. The new proposals make optimum use of the site for rail freight with new layouts and buildings which should encourage greater usage.

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