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High Speed Two (HS2)

High Speed Two (HS2)

HS2 is the UK's new high speed rail network. Phase one of HS2 will link London (Euston) and Birmingham, and it is expected that major works will commence around London Euston in the upcoming months. 

Some of the construction work will affect UCL Accommodation, particularly Prankerd House, Endsleigh Gardens, and John Adams House.

The main impact on UCL from the HS2 operations will likely be felt to the south of Euston Road as a result of increased demolition and construction activity.

UCL has secured an Assurance from HS2 to provide mitigation against the environmental and associated impacts of the HS2 programme, such as noise and increased traffic. UCL will be monitoring adherence to that Assurance.

UCL is working with HS2 on the preparation of a noise and vibration management plan which will help to ensure that noise impacts associated with HS2 works are controlled.

Project plan

The project will continue until 2026 (Phase 1), we have been notified of the following milestones for information.

March 2018 - September 2018

HS2 will primarily have an impact on Prankerd House.

There may be a slight increase in traffic associated with the works, although the vehicles supporting the demolition work west of Euston Station will not be routed down North Gower Street.

There will be a trial trench dug across North Gower Street to the immediate north of Stephenson Way. The works are expected to last just over a week and will be fenced within an acoustic enclosure, keeping noise disruption minimal.

There will be also be number of trenches dug around the junction of Gordon Street with Endsleigh Gardens, which may affect John Adams House and Endsleigh Gardens House. The trench is expected to last just over a week, and will also benefit from an acoustic enclosure to shield against noise.

September 2018 - September 2019

There may be a slight increase in traffic associated with the works in the area and roadworks in North Gower Street and/or Endsleigh Gardens associated with the diversion of utilities.

Further updates on the impact of HS2 works on UCL Accommodation will be published on this web page as and when they become available to the UCL Accommodation team.