HS2 [1]

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Reference: 
2017/1815
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Do you agree that without Crossrail 2 any passenger time savings from HS2 will be lost as a result of onward delays and tube station closures  at Euston; and that pending Crossrail 2, the best solution to avoid such an impact on both HS2 and existing passengers at Euston is for a temporary terminus  for HS2 at Old Oak Common?

Answer

Answer for HS2 [1]

Answer for HS2 [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Unless transport capacity at Euston is addressed through Crossrail 2, the opening of HS2 Phase 2 will greatly exacerbate delays for passengers boarding the Victoria and Northern London Underground (LU) lines.

Crossrail 2 will ease demand pressures through 30 extra trains per hour in each direction at Euston, providing capacity for an additional 45,000 people into central London and diverting 11,000 people from the southbound Victoria line over the 3-hour morning peak, freeing up the equivalent of 12 full Victoria line trains for Euston.

Crossrail 2 is not only vital for Euston though. It will also support London's growth and help to prevent regular delays and station closures across the network. I will continue to make the case to Government as we work towards the submission of a Hybrid Bill in 2019.

Last year I wrote to the Department for Transport to express my concerns with HS2's early proposals for the Euston station development. HS2 Ltd is now leading a Masterplan study that will define the overarching plan for the development of the four stations at Euston - Network Rail, LU, HS2 and Crossrail 2 - with consideration of the wider public realm and surface transport connections. Euston Underground station will be upgraded, including a new ticket hall, additional escalators and lifts, and new entrances. Initial analysis suggests that the emerging HS2 plans will meet the future station capacity requirements for Euston Underground station.