Euston Road faces years of disruption for HS2


Transport for London (TfL) has warned that works related to the new HS2 station at Euston could cause disruption to Euston Road for years.

TfL said HS2 Ltd had notified of preliminary works on Euston Road from Monday (9 January) under powers for the wider HS2 construction at Euston, which have been granted under an Act of Parliament.

The current works between Upper Woburn Place and Gower Street in both directions of Euston Road, will run mid-February on both the footway and carriageway. This preliminary work is to prepare for major utilities diversions required under Euston Road.

The road will remain open in both directions but there will be bus lane closures. Diversions will be in place for people walking, where HS2 work requires footways to be closed.

There will be separate weekend closures of Euston Bus Station on 27-29 January, 3-5 February and 10-12 February, to allow for works to widen the junction between the bus station and Eversholt Street, in preparation for the relocation of the taxi rank at Euston.

View of proposed HS2 Station entrance from the south

TfL said that, following this, HS2 Ltd will be carrying out further works on Euston Road ‘over the coming years, which will cause further disruption’. The first lane closures are planned to be in place from the end of February.

It added that HS2 construction work around Euston will result in an increase in traffic, including HGVs and that there will be no dedicated cycle facilities on Euston Road due to the extent of the HS2 works, related HGV construction traffic and lane closures.

Carl Eddleston, TfL's director of network management and resilience, said it was ‘working with HS2 to minimise the disruption caused by their construction work’ and ‘doing all we can to minimise the impact on drivers, public transport users and people walking and cycling’.

However, Andy Swift, Euston project client for HS2, only said it was working closely with TfL to notify road users and pedestrians of these works, ‘reduce’ disruption and maintain road user safety.

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