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HS2 scraps plans to demolish Euston station

HS2 Ltd has scrapped plans to demolish and rebuild Euston station after design engineering work found improvement to the existing station can be made instead.

Euston station will be the terminus for High Speed 2, but further work done by HS2 Ltd has found most of the benefits for Euston could be achieved without having to knock down and rebuild the entire station.

The new proposals involve retaining platforms 1-15 with some modifications (including removing platforms 9 and 10 so that adjacent platforms can be lengthened) but improving the station around them. There would be a new concourse, as well as 11 new platforms next to the existing ones.

In January 2012, the government published plans for the first phase of HS2 between London and the West Midlands. This envisaged a complete rebuild of Euston station, including all existing platforms.

However, further work on design and engineering has found the project can deliver improvements on time but without the potential disruption caused by redevelopment that would have taken more than a decade.

This would lead to less disruption for passengers as the station – the sixth busiest on Britain’s rail network – could continue to operate mostly as normal rather than having to move services from old platforms to new ones while platforms are being progressively demolished and rebuilt.

The proposals would still see the station revitalised for passengers and with potential for new homes, offices and shops above. Completing construction by 2026 will unlock the line-wide benefits as soon as practicable.

Revised proposals:

  • Potential opportunities for over-station development – with the possibility of being used for future homes, open space and businesses.
  • The capacity needed for high-speed and conventional trains.
  • New platforms and facilities for the high-speed trains.
  • New, improved facilities for all passengers in a redeveloped, integrated station with a new, combined concourse and façade.
  • Better connections with the Underground, including a new Underground ticket hall.
  • A sub-surface pedestrian link between Euston and Euston Square Tube.
  • East-west pedestrian routes across the station, helping to link communities on either side of the station.

This revised option will be included in the draft environmental statement for the first phase of HS2, which will be published in the next couple of months, and be subject to public consultation before any decision is made.

HS2 Ltd chief executive Alison Munro said: “In response to community concerns about the potential disruption caused by the redevelopment of Euston station, and following more work done by our engineers to find the best way to deliver best value for taxpayers, we have identified an option that delivers great opportunities for the area while minimising the potential effects on local communities in Camden and on passengers.

“We are looking at an option for Euston station which would see new platforms built as part of an integrated, redeveloped station with a combined concourse, new western entrance and improved facilities across the integrated terminus.”

She added: “We also realise the importance Camden Council places on over-station development, and our proposal for Euston enables this, with potential for future homes, businesses and open space.

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