Euston Square

HISTORY OF THE METROstation Euston sqare

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Euston Sqare metro station

Euston Sqare Metro station Museum

Euston Square is a London Underground station at the corner of Euston Road and Gower Street, just north of University College London – its main entrance faces the tower of University College Hospital. Multi-interchange Euston station is beyond Euston Square Gardens, which is one street east. Next stations are Great Portland Street and King's Cross St. Pancras on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines, all in Travelcard Zone 1.

A short-lived, small, circular demonstration railway at this site had the Richard Trevithick-designed, Hazeldine and Rastrick-built, single cylinder locomotive Catch Me Who Can of 1808. It pulled a converted road carriage round for two shillings (equivalent to £8.05 in 2019).

The station was opened as "Gower Street" on 10 January 1863 by the Metropolitan Railway (MR), the world's first underground railway. It runs on an east–west axis at this point.

The station was given its present name on 1 November 1909. Since late 2006 its entrance has been on the south side of Euston Road as the street-level, transparent, west (Gower Street) side of the headquarters of the Wellcome Trust. A linking subway (footway) runs to platform gates and to subway steps on the other side of the road. Since 2011, two lifts augment Baker Street-bound platform to the entrance.

In 1864, Parliament authorised the North Western and Charing Cross Railway's unfulfilled line between Euston and Charing Cross, to link those northwest and southeast British mainlines. Renamed the London Central Railway (LCR) in 1870, the company was authorised the next year to build a station slightly closer to Euston Station forecourt north of the Metropolitan (Railway, now Line) tunnel. The line would have linked directly the two railways; however the LCR was lent and invested with too little funds so the scheme was abandoned in 1874.


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Euston Square Underground station, Metropolitan line, small corner-site station designed by C W Clark. Adjacent to station are the premises of the Quinton Polyclinic (Sea-Water Dispensary).

On 13th December 2005, Network Rail announced plans to totally redevelop the whole 15 acres of Euston, including adding two or three extra platforms.

The concourse will be expanded and will have three floors (basement, ground and first) and the first floor could link into a commercial development on a deck above the platforms (which would replace what's currently there).

There would also be a redevelopment of the concourse of the tube station and a direct subway link to Euston Square station to integrate it into the station complex.

Euston Station is a strong contender for the most boring railway terminus in London. But it wasn’t always this way...