HS2 – a comment

I was trying to keep out of this awful project but we had a request for support from tenants in Camden, part of the pan-Camden HS2 alliance, and I’m glad to say that three UCL Bartlett students offered to help (I’ll name them if they agree).  We took part in some meetings, wrote some structuring suggestions to frame the immense local and technical knowledge available and provided some editorial support. We hope it was helpful.  Will add some links when I have them.

On the last day for submitting observations on the “draft Environmental Statement”, yesterday, I added my own pennyworth.  This is it (links added).  Continue reading “HS2 – a comment”

Phew… Euston puddle fixed just in time for Olympics

With the Olympic games just a few days away, workmen miraculously appeared, tinkered with damaged paving and added new tarmac where the historic puddle was. So there is an olympic legacy for all to see. I doubt if I’ll have time to discover who decided to do it but I can imagine the emails, the meetings, the bickering and the contracts involved in fixing problems which ought to have been sorted years ago.  Below is the new tarmac today (25 July 2012):

Backstory go to https://michaeledwards.org.uk/?p=963



New tarmac filling the Euston Puddle July 2012
One step forward but now a step back. A welcome board for the Olympics is sitting in the Euston Forecourt which directs people East to the British Museum. Should be South.  And remind me about the “sculpted” bit of Regent’s Park… Must be the flattest place in London.


Olympiv welcome sign Euston July 2012

Later (7 October 2012): Drainage still keeping the puddle empty two months later. It really does seem to work. Now let’s see if anyone clears the drain when it next clogs.

In other Euston news: UCL is moving into some of the office blocks vacated by Network Rail. Nice for passing UCL people because our Eduroam WiFi fills the forecourt, hitherto (and still for everyone else) a nasty pay-zone.

Euston's historic puddle ready for Olympic guests

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19 April. London is ensuring that this historic puddle, which for years has been delaying and infuriating passengers entering and leaving Euston Station, is conserved as part of preparations for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, starting 100 days from now.

My lengthy correspondence a few years ago led to some abortive works by one of the many public bodies, all of whom deny responsibility. The puddle could easily have been lost, but is now back in it’s full width and depth. Joe Barnes of Liverpool tweets on 18 April “…I nearly drowned…” Click on the photo for more images, then on slideshow. Continue reading “Euston's historic puddle ready for Olympic guests”

Light relief: the Euston Puddle

[action at last! – December 2009 – but an ice hazard in January 2010. Serious action in February. See end of this post. For 2012 Olympic update see https://michaeledwards.org.uk/?p=1078  ]

3 September 2009: For four decades I have been commuting daily through Euston in London where I (and thousands of others) walk to and from the station through a public garden, Euston Square. Just where we all pass through a narrow gap (between railings and a wall) there is a puddle. It’s been there for decades and looks like this
euston puddle nov 07.jpg [click the picture for more shots] On 2 September 2009 I decided to report it. Continue reading “Light relief: the Euston Puddle”