Station spotlight: London Euston

London Euston’s transformation will continue this Easter as part of a more than £100m investment.

Over the next two bank holiday weekends, we’ll carry out a string of upgrades aimed at improving passenger flows through the station.

It comes as we prepare for our latest, more than £100m bout of vital improvements to the railway. A 13,800-strong workforce will work around the clock this Easter to keep the railway open and deliver more reliable infrastructure, improved facilities and services for passengers.

Euston’s 1960s-built concourse handles many more passengers a week than it was originally designed for. We now need to update it to meet increased demand for rail travel.

The station also needs the upgrades ahead of the arrival of HS2 - Britain’s new high-speed railway.

What’s happening at Euston this Easter?

We’re enabling smoother passenger journeys by:

Widening platform ramps

Removing retail units

Updating staircases to ensure passengers can get between trains and the concourse quickly and safely

Building an outside entrance for the London Underground

We’re carrying out the work over the Easter and early May bank holiday because no trains are running to or from the station due to other major engineering work on the West Coast main line.

Click on the gallery to see more images of the upcoming improvements at London Euston

In January, we improved Euston by building a taxi pick up and drop off point directly outside the front of the station. The new rank marked the first phase of work to improve passenger flows through the station in preparation for HS2.

The new location offers more space and easier level access from the station concourse than the existing underground rank which needed to be accessed via lifts, stairs or an escalator.

We have also installed free cold water fountains at our managed stations and made all our stations' toilets free to use.

The history of London Euston

The first mainline station to connect London with another city has been radically transformed during its more than 180-year history:

The original Euston station opened in 1837 but was completely rebuilt in conjunction with the electrification of the West Coast Mainline in the 1960s, representing a new era in British railway history.

Robert Stephenson
Robert Stephenson

Parliament authorised the London & Birmingham Railway to build its line between the two cities in May 1833. The engineers of the line, father and son George Stephenson and Robert Stephenson, had always planned their London terminus for Euston Square, but objections from landowners forced them to relocate it to Chalk Farm to get the bill passed.

With permission secured, George Stephenson stepped back from the project and Robert (pictured right) took charge as chief engineer. By 1835 he had authorisation to build his terminus at Euston Square as originally planned, and a simple train shed was built with two platforms, one for arrivals and one for departures with tracks between to store carriages.

Find out more about the story behind Euston...