HS2 construction at Euston station will take seven years longer than planned!
Not only is the work for the high speed line going to take an extra seven years to complete but is also predicted to cost a further £250million on top of the original expected cost.
The company in charge of the proposed rail network connecting the capital and the North of England with 225mph trains, revealed a new design for the station which is aimed at reducing disruption and improving efficiency for residents.
Overall the HS2 has an overall budget of a £42billion, however the £2billion that was the original estimated cost of the work at Euston has now risen to £2.25billion since the redesign was unveiled.
However Camden council has expressed concern as they believe this will ‘cause decades of blight’ to the local area. Construction is set to commence in 2017 and was originally predicted to be completed by 2026 but now will continue until 2033.
The firm, HS2 Ltd, is aiming to add six new platforms and build a concourse by 2026 to support the initial phase of connecting the Midlands to London.
HS2 Ltd has changed the initial proposals which were submitted back in 2013 as they are planning on delaying construction of a further five platforms at the existing Euston station. Phase two of HS2 which would connect the capital city to Manchester and Leeds is not due to be ready until 2033.
The director of the Euston development of HS2 Ltd, Rupert Walker said “It is more construction over a longer period but it's less intense. It will be easier for us to manage”
He also said that if the original plan was followed, the new platforms built in the current station would have been unused for a possible seven years until phase two was complete.
He continued, “That is not a particularly efficient use of the new infrastructure and there was a price to be paid to do that. Building all eleven platforms in one go would have taken five platforms off the existing use of the station. That would have meant we would have had to reduce the number of trains coming in and out of Euston every day.”
The proposal which is going to be submitted next week to Parliament is not favoured by the leader of Camden council Sarah Hayward with her warning that the plans would let down the whole capital if there is not ‘close collaboration’ between all of the significant parties.
She said, 'HS2 will cause decades of blight in the Euston area - to property prices, to our small business' trade and to our residents' lives, which is why we remain ardently opposed to the scheme. The success of the new King's Cross was built on close collaboration between key partners and viewing the area's needs as a whole. Euston is a different case, but we need bodies like HS2 Ltd, Network Rail and Transport for London to work together with us, residents and businesses to ensure the new Euston works for everyone.'
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