Euston station is to provide the terminus of the UK’s first high speed rail network, HS2.
The station will undergo a major redevelopment to create more spacious platforms, modern facilities and new public spaces. The government’s vision is for a vibrant, landmark station, which will address the needs of a growing railway but also promote regeneration of the local area, with new homes, offices and commercial premises. The redevelopment is subject to an open tendering process.
The station footprint today showing The Euston Estate and Euston Square Gardens.
Under the government’s current plans, the station footprint will be extended to the west and lengthened to the south to provide room for high speed platforms and a newly built concourse. Direct access to the station will be provided via a new western entrance to the front of the station. The new station is due to open in 2026.
A new station to cater for growing passenger numbers
Major redevelopment plans for Euston were first drawn up in 2007, before the selection of Euston as the HS2 London terminus. Capacity issues at the station necessitated an overhaul of the 1960s terminus, and Network Rail announced a “once in a generation” development opportunity which would bring the station into the 21st Century and act as a catalyst for regeneration of the neighbouring communities. The decision to bring HS2 into Euston further builds on these development plans.
Euston: Forecast growth in passengers between 2013 – 2037
Key routes out of London running out of capacity
While the station has capacity issues, the journeys out of Euston are also overcrowded. Many peak trains from Euston carry 60% more passengers than there are seats and the network operator predicts passenger growth of more than a quarter by 2023.
Rail operators forecast that the West Coast Main line, a key route out of Euston and Europe’s busiest mixed-use railway, will run out of capacity within the next decade.
The new high speed line will significantly increase capacity into London and free up space on existing lines for commuter, rural and freight train services.
HS2 Ltd argues there is “no other way” to make the “step-change” required to the UK’s transport capacity.
“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.
An estimated 80 million passengers pass through Euston interchange each year. 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.
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The 2007 white paper identified Euston as a key station requiring increased capacity to meet future demand.
“It’s now or never. The meter is always ticking”.
Sir David Higgins – Chairman HS2 Ltd