The new Mayor of London has cast doubts over Grimshaw’s Euston station redevelopment after suggesting Old Oak Common could be a better terminus for High Speed 2 (HS2) until local concerns about disruption are resolved
Sadiq Khan said he thought the high-speed rail link was a ‘wonderful idea’ but that he had ‘concerns whether Euston is the right station for the London part’.
He said construction work would cause ‘huge inconvenience’ to local residents and homes would be ‘destroyed’, and pointed out that Euston station does not have links to Crossrail.
The mayor suggested Weston Williamson’s Old Oak Common station could be the temporary terminus for HS2 until some of the issues with Euston are resolved.
HS2 Old Oak Common station proposals
‘One of the things that I am looking into is whether we should look at Old Oak Common as a station for HS2 to go to,’ said Khan, who was responding to a call from a Camden resident on an LBC radio phone-in show. ‘You’d have fast links to Heathrow, fast links to Crossrail and also far less disruption.’
The mayor said he would speak to the people behind HS2 about the proposal.
HS2 is due to connect London to Birmingham from 2026, and to Manchester and Leeds from 2033. It is planning a series of competitions for landmark new stations on the route including Euston and Old Oak Common, the initial proposals for which were drawn up by Grimshaw and Weston Williamson respectively, later this year.
A spokesman for the project told the Evening Standard it was ‘committed to Euston as the London terminus’. ‘The majority of passengers travelling to London on HS2 will want to travel to the centre of the capital,’ he said.
‘Crossrail would not have the capacity to cope with additional demand from terminating HS2 services at Old Oak Common.’