Plans for a complete rebuild of Euston station to facilitate phase one of the £32.7bn High Speed 2 (HS2) project have been dropped, it emerged this week.
Instead, the project team has chosen a more cost effective and less disruptive solution.
When the government revealed details of the scheme last year, ministers said the London station, which will be the terminus for HS2, would be rebuilt.
The plan was to reduce the 18 existing platforms to 14 and add 10 high speed train platforms.
The station was to be expanded to the south and west and all the platforms were to be rebuilt 2m lower than the current platform level in a phased construction. Early estimates put costs at £1bn.
But project promoter HS2 Ltd last week revealed a proposal that involved building fewer platforms at the new level. Thirteen existing platforms will be retained instead of 14, and 11 new platforms for the high speed trains will be sunk into the ground.
An HS2 spokesman explained that the new proposal developed by consultant Arup would be significantly more efficient and cheaper than previous options.
“After more work and extensive modelling we calculated that [under the old scheme] we would have had to dig down 3m and remove spoil, closing one section at a time,” said the spokesman.
“We found that we would not have completed these works until 2028, two years after the target date of 2026 [when the London to Birmingham phase is due to open].
“[The alternative] can be complete by 2026 and will be 30% to 40% less expensive,” he added.
New Euston plans
The new station will include
- A sub-surface pedestrian link between Euston and Euston Square Tube stations n Better connections with the Underground, including a new Underground ticket hall
- New facilities for all passengers in a redeveloped, integrated station with a new, combined concourse and façade
- East-west pedestrian routes across the station, helping to link communities on either side of the station