Euston Station Could Some Day Look Less Hideously Ugly

By James O Malley on at

The government has detailed new plans for a revamp of London's Euston station to serve as a terminus for the new High Speed 2 railway line.

The new plans will see the building of 11 new platforms to serve new high-speed services - as well as the retention of the station's 11 existing platforms to serve the existing network. To minimise disruption and enable the station to continue operating during construction they will be built in two phases: The first six to support Phase 1 of HS2 (to Birmingham), opening in 2026, and the further five to coincide with the second stretch of HS2 (to Manchester and Leeds) in 2033.

Yes, this does mean that if you're 30 today you'll be almost 50 by the time they're done. In fact, there could conceivably be kids who have not yet even been conceived who end up working on rebuilding of the station if they get a job at HS2 straight out of school.

As part of the plans the Tube station below will also get a revamp, and a direct tunnel will be built to finally link up Euston station (on the Nothern and Victoria lines) with Euston Square (on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith lines). The new plans will apparently also create more space in the station for shops, restaurants and the other sorts of facilities we have come to expect at mainline train stations.

Amongst transport nerds there has long been speculation that the rebuilt station would include an underground airport-style travelator linking Euston with King's Cross and St Pancras, which are just down the road, but this does appear to be part of these plans.

The station has long been viewed (by me) as the ugliest train station in London. It was last rebuilt in the 1960s and seemed to encompass the worst aspects of that decade's brutal approach to architecture. Worse still, that rebuilding work ended up destroying the iconic Euston Arch:

At least this time around things might not look so bad.