Since the first post on Euston HS2 just over two months ago there have been a number of changes. The biggest perhaps is the pedestrian diversions that began at Easter. Whilst these might seem sensible I found they were somewhat misleading in terms of distances to Euston Square station.
The changes to the walking routes made over Easter.
Another change is the hoardings surrounding the area where the HS2 station expansion will take place. These originally featured some nice panels on the history of Euston station and the surrounding area. Sad to say, these have gone, replaced by what seems an attempt to encourage corporate advertising. Surely they could have kept some of these interesting information panels rather than replace the entire lot? I have included pictures of these at the bottom of this page.
Well away from Euston station is one of several HS2 infrastructure works – this one is behind Euston Square station
In the back streets south of the Euston Road well away from the station works are going on to investigate the utility services such as drains, telecommunications and electricity. Clearly this is necessary because the infrastructure over a wider area is going to need a huge amount of alteration over the next few years in order to be able to support the new HS2 station.
The walkway direct to the station has now closed and one must follow the new footway route
Compare this picture with the one below.
View of the old footway route when the works for HS2 initially began.
There’s a new pedestrian walkway along the south side of the remaining bit of Euston Square where it runs parallel to the main road. (‘Remaining’ refers to the fact the other half of Euston Square is now under Friends’ Meeting House and other buildings. It was once one of London’s biggest squares!) This new walking route which opened at Easter 2018 replaces the old one that went straight across Euston Square Gardens. That’s now been dug up and the area fenced off in readiness for construction work on a temporary taxi rank.
The new footway runs alongside Euston Road. The new taxi rank will be on the other side of the fence
The footway then turns past the Euston Tup bar and the Euston Monument to access the station
This is the only picture I can find of the proposed temporary taxi rank across this part of Euston Square Gardens. Its simply an indication of how it might look, not a final image. Melton St at left and the new footway along the bottom:
Eduardo Paolozzi’s sculpture at the base of One Euston Square has hopefully been taken away for safekeeping. It was said recently no-one knew who the rightful owner was and further nobody seemed to want to take stewardship of the artwork. It wasn’t well cared for either (I wrote about this quite some time back as part of my series on the rather scruffy and uncared for remnants of the old Euston Square.) Paolozzi is however an important artist so someone must have by now sorted this uncertainty regarding his artwork.
Access to the old Euston Square tunnels. The top of one arch can be seen
The ‘secret’ tunnels under Euston Square and Euston Road – now I know how people get to these! Clearly there’s an access point via a manhole and this leads down to the tunnels. This part of the tunnels at least are used as a beer cellar for the adjacent Euston Tup. By the way the tunnels aren’t secret though few know about these. As I have previously written, they used to form a network of interconnecting subways under Euston Road and the other parts of Euston Square that have now vanished. The tunnels have been sealed off for perhaps a century or so however traces can still be seen at the time of writing.
That-a-way for the longer route!
The pedestrian diversions – and how people are being encouraged to take the longest way round when there’s a quicker route….. The signs say its 400 metres to Euston Square station. Its actually slightly under that when one measures it on Google. Going a different way via Melton Street the distance however is just 315 metres! Thats nearly 75 metres less walking! They do advertise the alternative route on one map but its not very visible and anyone following the signs will undoubtedly end up walking the longer way round.
Follow the signs to the left for the long walk round! Ignore and go straight onto Melton St for the shorter route
The short cut route will in every likelihood eventually be closed (unless a protected corridor is made between the station entrance and Melton Road) because the two Euston towers are going to have to be demolished. It also means that at some point Melton Road itself will be closed. The taxis will not be able to access their old rank but instead have a temporary rank on the site of Euston Square Gardens.
Gone away! The two Euston Towers (Grant Thornton & One Euston Square) will be demolished next year
One of many new hoardings in Drummond Street (replacing those seen at the bottom of this page)
HS2 information centre opposite the station on the corner of Euston and Melton Streets. Limited opening hours. Tues-Weds 10am to 4pm. Thurs 4pm to 8pm. First Sat every month 10am to 2pm.
I don’t know what will happen to the HS2 information centre since its located in Senator House, to be completely demolished by the end of this year. I expect they’ll move the exhibition area around as spaces become temporarily available.
Over the next few months demolition work will begin in earnest. The Calumet warehouse will be the first to go. Once this has gone contractors will then be able to demolish the other properties from the rear outwards, including the Bree Louise pub with Senator House (on the far corner of the site) possibly the last to go.
Anytime soon contractors will start smashing their way through the Calumet warehouse
By November 2018 just the old Charing Cross and Hampstead Railway tube station buildings (currently the access point for the disused tube station tours) will be left standing. This building has to be left a bit longer whilst TfL/LUL and HS2’s contractors divert the building’s emergency access and ventilation equipment. When that is done this will be the end of yet another historic Leslie Green tube station.
By the end of this year all these buildings will have gone, including Senator House
The next steps (after the Calumet block) will be to demolish Walkden House and the other buildings along Euston Street. These are to the west of the main station area and south of Senator House. Walkden House was the former HQ for the TSSA. The works will leave the rearwards elevation of 30 Euston Square visible for all to see for quite a number of years.
The old TSSA HQ. To be demolished after the buildings (Senator House, Calumet, Bree Louise etc) opposite have gone
Euston HS2 is not a lightly taken project. Its going to last London the best part of a decade, possibly more. Completion is envisaged to be in the early 2030’s for the whole HS2 project. Those of us who object to the scheme (including myself) – or have misgivings about it – will just have to accept its a done thing and there undoubtedly is going to be huge disruption.
The original HS2 hoardings
As promised, here are the pictures of each of the original HS2 hoardings with local history on them. They had only been in use a couple of months or so! Most alluded to St. James gardens but Euston station gets one whole panel.