Euston station will provide the terminus of the UK’s first high speed rail network, HS2.
Euston station is to undergo a major redevelopment to provide high speed lines and a vibrant, landmark station.
Under the government’s current plans, the station footprint will be extended to provide room for high speed platforms and a newly built concourse. The first high speed lines are due to be operational between 2029-2033.
The new station design must address the needs of a growing railway and also promote regeneration of the local area with new homes, offices and commercial premises.
The station footprint today showing The Euston Estate and Euston Square Gardens.
A new station to cater for growing passenger numbers
Major redevelopment plans for Euston were first drawn up in 2007. Capacity issues at the station necessitated an overhaul of the 1960s terminus and Network Rail announced a “once in a generation” development opportunity to bring the station into the 21st Century and act as a catalyst for regeneration of the neighbouring communities. The subsequent decision to bring HS2 into Euston further built upon these development plans.
Key routes out of London running out of capacity
The new high speed line should significantly increase capacity and free up space on existing lines for commuter, rural and freight train services.
Without HS2, rail operators forecast that the West Coast Main line, a key route out of Euston, and Europe’s busiest mixed-use railway, would run out of capacity within the next decade.
HS2 Ltd argues there is “no other way” to make the “step-change” required to the UK’s transport capacity.
Euston: Forecast growth in passengers between 2013 – 2037
“Euston will become the gateway for high speed rail to the West Midlands and the North, becoming a landmark station like King’s Cross St Pancras.”
Download a copy of the Government’s white paper (2012)
High speed rail: Investing in Britain’s Future – decisision and next steps.
Today, Euston station is one of Britain’s busiest interchanges.
Footfall through Euston is at record levels and continues to grow year on year.
Irrespective of the government’s plans for high speed rail, the comprehensive redevelopment of the station is urgently required to reduce congestion at the station and allow for future expansion.
Download a copy of the Government’s white paper (2007)
The 2007 white paper identified Euston as a key station requiring increased capacity to meet future demand.