In a “game changing move” Camden Council has agreed with High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2) that there will be entrances on all four sides of the newly extended Euston station in London.
Speaking at a HS2 conference in Birmingham, Camden Council director of regeneration and planning David Joyce said that it had agreed with the project promotor that there would be entrances on the north, south, east and west sides of the new station.
The new HS2 station is being built to the west of the existing Network Rail station, with the platforms at a considerably lower level than the existing tracks.
It was previously feared that the two sides of the station – HS2 and Network Rail – would be redeveloped separately cutting off east to west connectivity for the local community.
“One of the things we have secured is a commitment from HS2, and I think it’s really critical, is Euston will have entrances to the north to the south to the east and the west,” said Joyce. “I think that’s a game changing move for Euston.
“Consider the station today, it lands in Bloomsbury and there are flank walls on either side which divide communities. We have an opportunity here to make sure that Euston properly connects.”
Detailed plans for how the entrances will link through the station have yet to be published.
Earlier this year, GLA deputy mayor planning, regeneration and skills Jules Pipe expressed major concerns over the integration of the new HS2 station with the as yet unfunded Network Rail station upgrade.
As part of the redevelopment of the entire Euston site, Lendlease has been appointed by HS2 Ltd as the master development partner to progress plans for growth in the area.
HS2 commercial director Tom Venner said it was now starting to “absorb plans” and it would have a “really firm plan” for the area by early next year.
New development in the area is not part of the hybrid bill and as such is subject to a standard planning consent. Venner said it was working to produce a planning submission for the area to be placed in two to three years time.
Work on building the first phase of the new HS2 station started this year.
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