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HS2 proposes rail not road for Euston station spoil

HS2 Euston

HS2 has published a new study which details how it will maximise the volume of excavated and construction material moved by rail when building Euston Station.

The final report on ‘Material by Rail’ was submitted to the Secretary of State for his consideration. He has now accepted the recommendations and the proposed next steps.

The Environmental Statement supporting the Hybrid Bill assumed that all construction materials (except some track material) was to be moved by road. However, the report states that the construction of the HS2 Euston station is a major construction project in an environmentally sensitive area. Therefore, the use of rail would reduce the number of vehicles using roads and consequently relieve some impacts in respect of construction vehicles. This, it said, were matters of local concern and were the subject of numerous petitions.

In the report it stated that all sites which were potentially viable for material removal and delivery on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) corridor between Primrose Hill Tunnel and Euston were discussed. Out of nine possible options three have been identified as being possible.

  • Backing out road 2 (BOR2): A new siding to the east of the main line tracks north of Granby Terrace (south of Park Village East and adjacent to the DB Schenker Carriage Shed). Used during Stage A 2018 - 2026
  • Using the relocated Platform 18 within the Network Rail Station footprint. Used during Stage A 2018 - 2026
  • Using platform 13 within the reduced Network Rail station Stage B2 footprint. Used during Stage B1 2026 – 2033.

It caveated that options two and three were possible to implement provided passenger impacts could be mitigated to a reasonable level; the construction programme impacts could be mitigated; and Network Rail approved of the use of the platforms.

These three options it said, were not mutually exclusive and could be delivered independently or collectively.

The redevelopment of Euston station is currently split between the HS2 terminal and the Network Rail operated side of the station.

The overall project budget for the station is estimated at £2.25bn. (excluding risk, contingency and property costs). Construction will be in two stages; Stage A, 2017 to 2026 to support the start of services to Birmingham and the North West, and Stage B1 from 2027 to 2033 to support the wider HS2 network.

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