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HS2: we want more disruption, says Camden council

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HS2 Euston interior, Grimshaw architects, Sep 2015

Camden council have “warned” that HS2 Ltd’s latest plans for Euston station, to be submitted to Parliament next week (‘HS2 Euston 4.0’?), “will bring more than a decade of blight without any benefit to London unless there is a commitment to the redevelopment of the entire Euston station and a joined up approach to the delivery of station proposals”. The plans are proposed for inclusion in the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill by means of an Additional Provision which is due to be deposited later this month, subject to the approval of Parliament.

[London, 8 September 2015
HS2: Government’s Euston plans “let down Londoners”, say Camden Council, extracts]

Camden Council have warned that HS2 Ltd.’s plans for Euston Station will bring more than a decade of blight without any benefit to London unless there is a commitment to the redevelopment of the entire Euston station and a joined up approach to the delivery of station proposals.

Government changes to the London terminus for High Speed 2 (HS2) announced today (Tuesday, 8 September) in Additional Provision 3 (AP3) to the HS2 Bill show the new HS2 tracks being built in two phases, with no timescale, funding or design specified for the redevelopment of the existing Euston Station.

The Euston Area Plan, adopted by Camden Council and the Greater London Authority, shows how up to 3,800 homes, up to 14,100 new jobs and new open space could be achieved through comprehensive development at Euston with the HS2 tracks and existing tracks all on one level.

By not guaranteeing comprehensive development, the Government’s plan risks creating a disjointed station with tracks on different levels that divides communities and fails to enhance the Euston area. The current plans could limit development opportunities, prevent easy access through the station in all directions to the surrounding area and potentially throw away up to 6,000 jobs, 1,000 homes and £400m of economic value.

As expected, the new Euston plans are quite vague, with a large ‘can-kicking’ aspect. The ‘phased’ development does have the atout of allowing headaches on HS2 phase two and over-site development to be left to somebody else.

Camden New Journal, new Euston plan coverage, 08 Sep 2015

[HS2 plans can unlock Euston potential, HS2 Ltd, 8 Sep 2015]

[…] Eleven new platforms for HS2 will be built at the station in two stages as part of a phased approach that means less disruption for passengers. The plans […] also offer the flexibility to transform the station into a thriving transport and community hub.

The new Euston station will provide high speed rail services from London to the Midlands, the North and Scotland. The latest plans, produced by HS2 Ltd following extensive work with rail industry partners and taking into account the aspiration for wider redevelopment, will unlock the potential at the site of the capital’s greatest regeneration opportunity.

The provision of underpinning support structures as part of the plans will allow a range of uses above the station, delivering the flexibility for a future decision on the wider redevelopment and regeneration of the area.

As well as the 11 high speed platforms provided by the new plan, 11 platforms will remain in the current station to serve the existing network. There will be new public spaces for shops, restaurants and cafes.

[…] Simon Kirby, HS2 Ltd Chief Executive, said:

These firm proposals will allow Euston to fulfil its potential.

It’s time for Euston to change. Not just if it is to fulfil its historic role as the gateway between London and much of the rest of the country, but also if it’s to become a much bigger and fully accessible part of its own community.

Just a stone’s throw away, we have seen how the stations at King’s Cross and St. Pancras have transformed the surrounding areas into vibrant and thriving locations.

In essence, Camden council are complaining about the disruption of redeveloping Euston, while arguing that there should be more redevelopment (and disruption).

Why Simon Kirby regards the Kings Cross / St Pancras redevelopments as a ‘success’, is difficult to understand. Because of botched decision-making, at neither station is there the possibility of much expansion of main line rail capacity.

Privatisation of public space: the Kings Cross redevelopment

Privatisation of public space: the Kings Cross redevelopment

Written by beleben

September 8, 2015 at 12:29 pm

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