Posts Tagged ‘Euston’

Euston Station not built to handle HS2

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

The controversial HS2 rail link to Birmingham from London could cause congestion at some London Underground stations which would negate the argument that it will save on travel times, according to Transport for London. The body’s deputy chairman, Daniel Moylen, has argued that if the scheme were to go ahead, then key stations such as Euston may need to shut down during rush-hour periods.

He explained that there was no space at Euston for an influx of thousands of additional passengers. It is estimated that an extra 3,400 commuters would try to use the station. The only way this would be possible, other than initiating a closure during the morning, would be an expansion project, Mr Moylen explained.

The new train line, which would transport passengers at up to 250mph, would not be opened before 2026. Critics of the project say the estimated budget of £33 billion would be much better spent improving the current transport infrastructure. There has also been much criticism of the planned route which would slice through areas of natural beauty.

Transport for London claims that if the scheme gets the green-light, then the number of people attempting to use the Victoria Line from Euston will double. It said a similar situation would affect the Northern Line.

HS2 has responded by claiming that, during the project’s primary phase, the number of passengers at Euston would only be expected to rise by around two per cent. A spokesman said HS2 would be prepared to work alongside TfL on any expansion project at the station.

Woman dies in rush hour train fire

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

A woman travelling on a rush hour train has apparently caused her own death by starting a fire in one of the carriage’s toilets. The 43-year-old is believed to have started the blaze deliberately at around 17.05 on Monday. The train was travelling to London’s Euston station from Northampton when the incident occurred.

According to an eyewitness who watched the developments from her flat which overlooks Leighton Buzzard station, where the train was evacuated, there was thick smoke emanating from the carriage. The emergency services were called to the scene and no other casualties were reported.

A British Transport Police spokeswoman said that currently the authorities were not looking for anyone else in connection with the tragedy. She added that the dead woman had suffered burn injuries in the fire. The train remained at Leighton Buzzard for some time, but officials have confirmed that forensic teams will go on board after it has been moved to a railway siding.

The incident caused severe delays on the West Coast route and London Midland was forced to replace a number of its commuter services with buses. Virgin Trains, which runs services on the route, said that it had also experienced delays. For a time, all services were cancelled in and out of Euston.

The power lines over the track also had to be turned off as a precaution after the fire was reported. The train’s conductor was alerted to the situation by a passenger who saw smoke coming out of the carriage’s toilet.

New rail service announces a revival of the GNER brand

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Alliance Rail has just announced that it plans to launch two new rail companies in a bid to provide cheaper fares, more choice, greater comfort and even the opportunity for passengers to get a refund on their ticket if they cannot find a seat.

The move by Alliance Rail which is run by railway veteran, Ian Yeowart, will see the first ever challenge by a rail company to Virgin Train’s monopoly over the west coast main line. One of the new services will run from Euston to the north up the west coast after Virgin loses it monopoly on running services on that route in 2011. The other would see competition delivered to rail firms on the eastern routes out of King’s Cross.

Great North Eastern Railways will be resurrected along with Great North Western Railways to provide an open access service that will allow train companies that are not subsidized or franchised to run against the licensed operators.

On the west coast it is planned that GNWR trains will carry passengers as far north as Carlisle and will provide a direct service between Euston and Leeds. On the east coast GNER, who lost their east coast franchise two years ago after the bankruptcy of their parent company, Sea Containers, will start to run trains between King’s Cross and Humberside, Huddersfield and Sheffield.

Ian Yeowart says that the new open access scheme would see trains servicing communities that have been largely ignored by rail companies and will therefore inject a bit more choice into the system.