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Does Patrick McLoughlin “feel lucky” about Euston HS2?

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The proposed redevelopment of Euston station for HS2 high-speed trains risks inflicting years of misery on London commuters, one of the UK’s largest train operators has warned (wrote Gwyn Topham).

[Euston station upgrade risks years of misery, says train operator, Gwyn Topham, The Guardian, 18 Feb 2016]

David Brown, the chief executive of Go-Ahead, which operates the London Midland franchise out of Euston as a joint venture with French company Keolis, expressed concern about the £2.25bn upgrade to turn the station into the southern terminus of HS2. He said it could afflict commuters as much as the five-year upgrade of London Bridge.

The redevelopment of London Bridge has caused punctuality and passenger satisfaction to plummet for Go-Ahead’s Thameslink and Southeastern services using the station on the South Bank of the Thames.

[…] He said Go-Ahead were in discussions about how to manage the disruption, should HS2 go ahead as planned. Asked if he was confident that a repeat of London Bridge could be averted, Brown said: “I’m hoping everyone is very focused on making sure that doesn’t happen.”

Go-Ahead’s London Midland trains bring passengers in from the home counties and west midlands to Euston station, which will be significantly redeveloped for the £55bn HS2 network. In its financial statements, Go-Ahead said HS2 could “significantly impact on our ability to run our services reliably, meet contractual obligations, and performance targets, or damage customer reputation”.


Written by beleben

February 19, 2016 at 11:22 am

Posted in HS2, London

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  1. David Brown might consider promoting the option of taking LOROL (he should still have connections with from the days of Brown & Brown = TfL Road & Rail) plus some London Midland services underground at Chalk Farm and popping up via Charing Cross to send LOROL to Wimbledon or (in a big loop) back to reverse at Willesden Junction taking the nuisance of a Queenstown Road stop out of the Loopers and having a consistent stopping pattern on SWT’s Windsor lines – could even throw in a new station at Nine Elms.

    Meanwhile the dual voltage trains on Southern and London Midland gain a new cross-London option to enhance train and track utilisation – potentially removing all local trains from the ‘hotel’ platforms at Euston as most trains would then go via an underground station which would use the old carriage sheds (just North of Hampstead Road) as construction access, and finally make an integrated link between Euston Station and Euston Square Station (and possibly Warren Street as well). Some of these services could also ‘loop’ via Waterloo and Latchmere as an alternative to terminating at Clapham, providing potentially a doubled train frequency on the West London Line.

    Its around 2 Km to Charing Cross with some abandoned and repurposed tube tunnels on the way and a real opportunity to deliver a contingency and capacity ‘safety valve’ by connecting at Tottenham Court Road with Crossrail so that passengers from the 3 off-(Crossrail)-piste Euston Road terminii have the option of going via Farringdon or via TCR.

    Charing Cross train shed has the potential of being a larger version of la Gare d’Orsay where putting the trains downstairs ideally able to still climb up to cross Hungerford Bridge could deliver an amazing public/exhibition space.

    The Waterloo connection would be part of the Elizabeth House redevelopment

    At a stroke the wasteful terminating and reversal of some or all commuter services at 3 London Terminii could be removed and as with Thameslink the many platforms released by this put to other uses. Some of that land value gain might even go a good way to paying for the work especially the re-working of Charing Cross.

    Dave H (@BCCletts)

    February 20, 2016 at 12:07 am

  2. And, after the wonderful Euston redevelopment, what will the interchange penalty be for punters wanting to travel on HS2 to and from Essex, the City, Canary Wharf – same as now?

    Michael Wand

    February 20, 2016 at 5:40 pm

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