HS2 has hit back at claims the line cannot cope without Crossrail 2 by stating its confidence in Euston’s ability to handle the extra passengers high-speed rail will bring.
The response comes after the Financial Times reported that one senior HS2 source had raised concerns that the £55.7bn project would not work properly if the £31bn Crossrail 2 line was not built.
A senior source told the FT that the line was “dependent on Crossrail 2” and the project “would not work properly at Euston” unless the new cross-London line was built.
But HS2 hit back at the claims, saying it was confident that Euston could cope without Crossrail 2 and was working with Transport for London to ensure the station was able to handle the increase in passengers.
An HS2 spokesman said: “We are confident that Euston will be able to handle the extra passengers that HS2 services will deliver and we are working with TfL to plan a major revamp of the existing Underground station.”
“HS2 supports ongoing improvement to transport capacity and connectivity around the whole country.”
According to HS2, trains are expected to begin arriving at Euston by 2026 and will deliver 10 high-speed trains an hour carrying thousands of extra passengers to the station.
The plans for Crossrail 2 would see a new line through London linking stations such as Euston, Clapham Junction and Victoria and is aimed at freeing up extra capacity on the capital’s transport network.
Despite the National Infrastructure Commission calling on the government to push ahead with plans to build Crossrail 2 last year, the project has stalled and was not included in the Conservative manifesto ahead of the election in June.
However, the government has since appointed Liz Truss as the minister for Crossrail 2, while transport secretary Chris Grayling gave the project his public backing on the condition that London could fund at least half of the project during its construction.
Earlier this month, Crossrail 2 managing director Michele Dix urged the government to take the project forward, warning that further delays could affect the programme.