Last week, HS2 officials meet councillors and local representatives to show their latest designs for Euston stations.
The key thing is that the timescales of the proposed works are extremely lengthy, lasting from 2017 until at least 2033: and this does not include a full redevelopment of the station! The redevelopment of the ‘classic’ side of the station would be done by Network Rail at an unspecified time in the future, requiring extra funding outside the £50bn HS2 budget.
Six 400m platforms would be built on the site of the current Cardington Street and Melton Street to the west of the station and Hampstead Bridge would be completely redesigned and raised while the number of tracks coming into Euston Station under the bridge would be reduced from six to four during the lengthy works. This would affect users of the current London to Midlands railway line, causing delays and inconvenience to commuters and other passengers.
Much of St James gardens would be destroyed. And residents of the Regents Park estate would be forced to leave their homes, which would be demolished to make way for the HS2 tracks.