Euston St Pancras Station announced for Crossrail 2
Euston St Pancras, a new station uniting these two massive transport hubs, could be created by 2030 as part of the Crossrail 2 network, it has been announced.
With HS2 given the go-ahead by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, the area around Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross is set to become an even bigger transport hotspot than it is already.
And, while the opening of the Crossrail Elizabeth Line has been postponed until 2021, plans are pressing ahead for Crossrail 2 — a rail link running from Surrey to Hertfordshire, via central London.
Not an entirely new station, Euston St Pancras would be created by linking up Euston and King’s Cross St Pancras via two, 250-metre platforms, l20 metres below the ground, reached by cross-passage walkways. The station would be built beneath Somers Town, the area behind the British Library.
There would be entrances and ticket halls in St Pancras and King’s Cross stations with an additional new station entrance in Grafton Place near Euston.
Euston St Pancras would link Crossrail 2 to the Victoria and Northern lines, as well as high speed services to the Midlands and the north. As with all 11 proposed Crossrail 2 stations, Euston St Pancras would have step-free access.
Crossrail 2 is being planned to increase transport capacity following estimates that by 2030 London’s population will have grown to 10 million. Thirty Crossrail 2 trains would run through Euston St Pancras each way per hour, with room for 14,000 more passengers during peak times.
The route for Crossrail 2 hasn’t been finalised and will need to go before Parliament. If approved, the estimated build time is up to eight years. However, TfL believes Crossrail 2 could be completed as early as 2030.
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