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Examination of Witnesses

Part of High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 9th July 2013.

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Sarah Hayward: We supported regeneration of the Euston area a long time before High Speed 2 came on the table. I do not know whether anybody on the Committee regularly uses Euston station, but it is not the nicest train station in the world, and the area itself could do with some investment in terms of jobs and new homes. It sits in one of the poorest communities in the country.

The plans as they stand are dramatically scaled back, but will still cost £400 million more than HS2 had budgeted. We would like some comprehensive investment in the Euston area. That needs to include considering whether a temporary solution at Old Oak Common could give us time to get Euston right. I do not think that HS2 has considered all the options for Euston  station, such as the double deck down proposal or other options to keep the station on the footprint that it is now. Certainly, we are not getting the investment in terms of jobs and homes that we were promised at the outset of the project.