A year packed with drama

So how was 2019 for you? For High Speed 2 it was a mixed picture. Letting contracts worth hundreds of billions for stations and new railway proved less than straightforward and the political fallout from Brexit meant the long-awaited ‘Notice to Proceed’ on HS2 construction failed to materialise ahead of the 12 December general election.

Dramatic roof: architect’s vision of the circulation area at Old Oak Common HS2 station.
Courtesy HS2

On the other hand, a colossal amount was achieved behind the scenes. Anyone familiar with Euston or the surrounding London neighbourhood will be aware how much space is being cleared to allow the station to expand. Levelling a central London site on this scale is unusual. High Speed 2 or not, a major development on a historic scale will be built here.

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