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11.06.15

HS2 confirms revised plans for Euston Station

HS2 Ltd is expecting to submit its revised plans for Euston station in an ‘additional provision’ to the phase 1 Hybrid Bill later this year, transport minister Robert Goodwill MP has said. 

Responding to a parliamentary question, Goodwill said: “As part of its plans for High Speed 2, HS2 Ltd is reviewing its proposals for the redevelopment of Euston station.” 

Recently, Camden Council said HS2 Ltd had shared its latest plans for Euston in May’s meeting with the Euston Community Representatives Group. 

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. 

This had been reported in the last edition of RTM, where it was noted that while the proposal has similarities to ‘Option 8’, the construction timeframe is longer. This is because the 2026 deadline requires only six or seven new platforms for phase 1 services to and from Birmingham – the other six platforms are not technically required until phase 2 opens in 2033. 

Goodwill also added that advice prepared by HS2 Ltd in conjunction with the Department for Transport, Transport Scotland and the Scotland Office to identify broad options for high speed and upgraded railways to the north of England and Scotland is currently with ministers for consideration. “This advice will be published in due course,” he said.

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Graham Nalty   12/06/2015 at 19:21

Is a terminus station really the best solution for a HS2 station in London. Surely it would be better to build a through station that could enable trains to run from HS2 to HS1? And would it not be better to connect HS2 directly to Thameslink to give much greater journey options with only one change?

Nonsuchmike   05/03/2016 at 15:51

Despite the frequent and well balanced arguments for connectivity directly with HS1 from HS2/Euston interchange, the powers-that-be have ruled that there will be a Euston terminus rebuild in several stages over many years with extra platforms and about half the station used for HS trains of one sort or another by the mid 2030s. Once they have knocked down a load of homes, put travelers through Euston to many privations over about 15 years and spent an incredible amount of our money in doing so, will they (whoever is in power by that time) then realise that the simple case of linking HS1 with HS2 across London by a four way subterranean set of tunnels was a better practical and financial model? Linking HS2 unto Crossrail/Elizabeth Line/North/South lines is another future option that would work. Has there been any modelling along these lines? I doubt it. There's none so blind as those who (deliberately) will not see.

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