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Video | Skanska demolishes 1960s concrete ramp at Euston station

Skanska has led the demolition of a 1960s concrete ramp and canopy at Euston station in London, prior to the construction of the new HS2 Euston station.

The removal of the structure took 13 weeks. The ramp has been in place since the modernisation of Euston as part of the electrification of the West Coast Mainline.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, work on site was paused on 23 March but restarted on 16 April once Government-approved safe working practices were in place.

The western ramp was used to access the parcel deck on the first floor of the station. The area was once used as a Royal Mail parcel sorting depot, taking parcels from the trains on three dedicated platforms for parcel freight.

The ramp allowed vehicle access to the upper deck, but the parcel depot was taken out of use when post began being transported on road due to increased passenger demand.

Patrick Cawley, HS2 and Network Rail on-network works director, said: “The completion of this work is of major significance to the HS2 project and marks the first piece of structural work to Euston station in order for the new high speed station to be built. It has been an important and successful piece of collaborative work between the teams at HS2, Network Rail and Skanska.”

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  1. Surely we can’t be carrying on with HS2 at this point?
    The world has changed due to the pandemic and more people are working from home. Why do we need this now if people are going to be travelling less not more?
    The Government had accepted that there is going to be a new ‘norm’. This money could be spent more wisely on other projects. Rail is notoriously bad at budgeting (note the increases so far) and it will only get worse on HS2 if we don’t pull the plug now.

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