Word on the street is that the miserable design for the new square between Pancras Road, Euston Road and York Way is not the responsibility of Network Rail after all… It is said that LB Camden planners advised Network Rail that they could not build any new structures, could not have any planting except for the proposed four trees, refused permission to site a Henry Moore sculpture there, could not have a water feature of any kind… in fact could not do anything except tear down the existing concourse, retain the existing two ventilation shafts and tube entrance and otherwise pave everything.
Anyone looking at the Network Rail model should bear in mind that the trees on Euston Road and Pancras Road don't actually exist and as far as we can tell there are no plans to plant them. They are, In Network Rail's words, artistic license". The one existing tree in that space appears to be set for the chop. Also, bear in mind the huge space we are talking about – not just the pavement you can see. The new square will cover everything right back to the original station front – including all that currently internal stuff like the shops, ticket office and departure boards.
So what to do? There are voices out there calling for a campaign to pressure LB Camden to reverse their current advice and let Network Rail build a really imaginative square.
If you live in Camden, contact your local councillors asap and tell them not to accept this current design.
If you are interested in campaigning on this issue email here. We'll keep a list of email addresses and circulate a mailing list to emailers once it becomes a practical size.