Revised plans for Euston station's High Speed station were revealed today. The designs by Grimshaw Architects are a step forward for the controversial project, but not everyone is happy.
The revised proposal includes:
- A 'bolt on' station for HS2, to the west of the existing Euston station.
- 11 subterranean platforms for HS2. Six would be built between 2017 and 2026 to accommodate 'phase 1' services, with five more for phase 2 in 2033.
- A new underground ticket hall for Euston, and a new subway to Euston Square station.
- Space for new homes, shops, offices and restaurants.
- A landmark yellow canopy, which we can only assume is inspired by the Mayor's famous hair style.
- Improved access for taxis, buses and cycles.
The revised proposal does not include:
- Comprehensive redevelopment of the existing, and somewhat dated, Euston station.
- Any mention of rebuilding the Euston Arch. (Not that everyone wants it.)
The decidedly low-speed construction will take 16 years to complete. This phased approach is a change of plan, aimed at lessening the disruption that the original nine-year proposal would have entailed.
Camden Council, who opposed the original plans, is not too keen on the revisions either. The local authority is disappointed that the scheme stands in isolation. It wants to see comprehensive redevelopment of the existing station, as well integration with the proposed Crossrail 2. It is also unimpressed that the new platforms would be at a different level to the existing station, potentially reducing the station's permeability.