Network Rail will begin a £12.5M redevelopment of the Euston station later this month, with the creation of new food and retail outlets.
This is despite speculation over the long-term future of the station, which is “reaching its sell-by date”, according to HS2 chairman David Higgins. He said Network Rail would have to consider redeveloping the station over the next decade, though no details of this have emerged.
Phase one of the scheme announced today will see the piazza outside the station cleared of kiosks and replaced with fast-food units incorporated into the front of the station, creating more space. The new units will open from summer 2015. Inside the station, a 2,400m² balcony will be created, with a new bar, casual dining outlets, and a seating area overlooking the main concourse. The balcony will be accessible via escalators, stairs and a lift and is scheduled to open in 2015.
Phase two of the scheme will see the current station food court converted into an expanded retail area. This should be complete by the end of 2015.
Hamish Kiernan, commercial retail director at Network Rail, said: “More than a million people use Euston station every week and this number is only set to grow further. Our plan for Euston will provide more space and a better atmosphere for passengers as well as an attractive mix of food, drink and shopping options for people travelling to or through the station.”
Network Rail said the station will remain open throughout and train services will not be affected.