Looks like the greater Kings Cross area might get yet another train station if Cross Rail 2 ever goes ahead. It’s all very vague but there is a new hybrid geographic beast stalking the land – ‘Kings Cross Euston St Pancras’. TfL, they say:
‘HS2 will greatly increase passenger use of Euston station. A new, Crossrail 2, station at Euston St Pancras would help disperse passengers and reduce the crowding and delay that would otherwise occur at Euston.‘
For the Metro option in particular (pictured):
‘Instead of two stations at Euston and Kings Cross there would be one station in the area of Euston Road serving Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross. The tunnel route would then continue to a station at Angel before splitting to two branch lines.’
And our old friends – rail engineering costs are also there – £15.7 to £19.7 billion. We shall be keeping a close eye on station costs as they emerge.
Note that the working assumption is that the new Euston won’t be big enough. So where can they put this thing? I am guessing that it would be underground with tunnel walks/travellators to the three mainline stations (a bit like Bank). One assumes that they won’t dig under St Pancras or Kings Cross or Euston themselves. Nor under the British Library – which has a big underground book repository, nor under the infectious disease research place currently being built behind the BL.
Which points to somewhere in between Ossulton Street and Eversholt Street. An area of high density social housing and some economic deprivation. I’ve sketched it out on a map. It’s kind of ironic that the recent HS2 Euston fiasco blighted people’s lives to the West of Euston and now Crossrail2 threatens the same for those East of Euston.
UPDATE – following ‘concerned resident’ comment below the Police Garage on Drummond Crescent is this building.
Living near Euston we have a problem, indeed. You can give your views to TfL in a simple online form here – you can insert somethign about the station in the open box at the bottom.