Top: Artist’s impression of the new station, which will have an underground train shed with more than a dozen platforms
Bottom: The station as it is today
Published: 2 August, 2012
by TOM FOOT
THE year is 2026 and Euston Station, a consecrated church burial ground and hundreds of council homes have been bulldozed to make way for a new railway terminus.
Early images of what the new High Speed 2 station could look like can be revealed today (Thursday).
The massive development site – at the southern end of the huge £33billion north-to-south rail link – is the size of 17 Arsenal football club stadiums.
It was described as “Euston Station: An Opportunity” by developer Arup’s director of Global Rail, Colin Stewart, at a design conference last month.
The flagship plans show the huge expansion of the station’s current footprint – with a train shed sunk beneath the ground and more than a dozen platforms.
Escalators lead down to an airport-style underground concourse, with super-tall modern buildings above.
Computer-generated images of commuters holding briefcases and cellos are included in the developers’ bold vision.
The early designs – which will be submitted to Parliament in October – appear to show that the Grade II-listed headquarters of the Royal College of GPs at the southern end of Euston Road will not be demolished.
A memorial to railway workers who died in two wars has been spared from the wrecking ball.
At a meeting last month, Camden Council leader Sarah Hayward said Arup Ltd had “explicitly” told the Town Hall no designs were publicly available, but they were then revealed at a design conference at New London Architecture headquarters in Store Street, Fitzrovia.
At the meeting in Christ Church Primary School, Regent’s Park, Councillor Hayward said she had “choked on her drink” when she saw the designs for the first time.
A new deadline of October 13 has been set for the designs to go before Parliament, the meeting heard.
The disclosure added to a mood of frustration at the meeting and a sense that HS2 Ltd, which is developing the high-speed rail link, was acting “behind closed doors”.
There was also a feeling that engaging with the company through community forums would be “a waste of time”. The meeting of about 80 people voted to snub the HS2 consultation after a vote of 24-23, although the council will still be involved.
Meanwhile, Camden Council’s legal challenge against HS2 will be heard in the High Court on December 3, Mr Justice Ouseley has said.
Hiliary Wharf, director of the HS2 Action Alliance, said: “The hearing in December will provide communities from Euston to Staffordshire with the opportunity so many have been waiting so long for – to show the court why we think the decision to proceed with HS2 was unlawful.”