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28.08.15

Euston HS2 rebuild must go better than London Bridge, NR admits

A closer look at the effects of HS2 construction on Euston station should be carried out, following the lessons learned from London Bridge, according to Network Rail. 

The infrastructure owner’s latest board papers stated that the “the operational and financial consequences” of removing two platforms as part of Euston’s re-modelling should be more “fully understood” and “addressed early”. 

Recently, the Office or Rail and Road (ORR) fined Network Rail £2m for breaching its licence over its poor performance on Southern, Govia Thameslink (GTR) and in Scotland in 2014-15. 

In particular, a failure to produce a “robust” timetable contributed to the major disruption seen at London Bridge in recent months. In the last year, RTM has reported on the major disruption caused during the re-building of London Bridge as part of the Thameslink project. 

For example, in April seven separate signal failures occurred between Deptford, New Cross and London Bridge as a result of cable damage and equipment failure. This resulted in major delays of at least 90minutes, and evoked much anger from Royal Greenwich council. 

With regards to HS2 Ltd’s re-modelling of Euston station, transport minister Robert Goodwill said that “as part of its plans for High Speed 2, HS2 Ltd is reviewing its proposals for the redevelopment of Euston station”. 

The plans show the HS2 terminus at Euston will be built on a phased basis, with the HS2 tracks and station expected to be completed by 2033, as initially revealed in February. 

Camden Council noted that the proposal, as it understands the concept, uses the same footprint as the current scheme in the Hybrid Bill, known as Option 8, taking land to the west of Euston station. 

And by adopting a phased approach, the first six high speed lines would be built to the west of the station by 2026, and the second five lines built within the station by 2033. It was noted that an Additional Provision is expected to be brought to Parliament in September. 

However, in July, Cllr Sarah Hayward, leader of Camden Council, said in a letter to London Mayoral candidates: “HS2 Ltd’s current plans for Euston fail to deliver a comprehensive development of the station and surrounding area, severely limiting the benefits to Camden, London and the UK as a whole.”

(Image: c. Ewan Munro)

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Graham Nalty   28/08/2015 at 12:22

Surely it would be much better to build the HS2 station as a through station linking into HS1 in the east and Heathrow in the west. Easy platform to platform interchange with Thameslink would also generate much greater connectivity. In terms of new high speed rail networks, terminal stations in cities are regarded as out of date, last century technology.

Gb   28/08/2015 at 12:59

I agree with Graham. Its rediculous to route HS2 into Euston and then expect passengers for south of the Thames and the continent to change to St Pancras for onward transportation. If HS2 is ever built, the latter station would be the better choice, However, I believe the Govt should abandon HS2 and spend the money on reinstating several of our lost lines to increase capacity, enhancing and developing them.

Lesf   28/08/2015 at 14:09

HS2 is crippled by having only one teminus in London. Once they realise that multiple destinations are possible and desirable (perhaps even the places people actually want to go, but that would be asking too much!) , then the problems that have seen successive plans for Euston binned, will vanish. There is no need to demolish any building around Euston, and no need to cut services during construction just when more services are needed.

Gb   28/08/2015 at 16:02

Just what do we have to do to stop this ultra costly, wholly unecessary and vastly destructive vanity project? Vote out the present government? Our presently limited resources should be spent more wisely on the railways and reduce some of the swinging 'cuts' to public services like the Police, etc.

John   28/08/2015 at 18:34

The answer has to be - Do NOT go to Euston at all!! It has been said by thousands of travellers already - Link with HS1 and the existing tracks so we can integrate the whole lot into a Customer Friendly and efficient network - It's called joined up thinking - something that the Transport Secretary and his sycophants steadfastly refuse to recognise!

Lutz   29/08/2015 at 13:43

Work will start shortly on the Waterloo Capacity Enhancement; If NR is now concerned about the Euston project, have they already given up on being able to deliver that project successfully without major incidents?

Anonymous   29/08/2015 at 16:04

Cancel HS2. What's wrong with the existing Euston to Birmingham link via the WCML?

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