This time we were told that we were supposed to welcome speeding trains in the 'national interest'. The people - council tenants, housing association tenants, private tenants and owner occupiers - said no. If you want the railway, it must go in tunnel all the way to St Pancras.
Union Railways was obdurate in its refusal to consider a tunnel until the campaign got weaving - more protests came from Islington than any other part of the line - and the company was forced, four months into the consultation, to look seriously at the deep-tunnel option.
We haven't won yet. We have two big demands. The tunnel should go all the way to its terminus and thus save houses and prevent blight west of Caledonian Road, and we want some proper investment in the North London Line.
Strange, I thought Christian Wolmar actually lived in Islington. Is this a kind of environmental self-mutilation he wants?
MP for Islington North (Lab)
House of Commons
26 JanuaryReuse content