Letter: Some more possible options for a Euston-Canary Wharf express tube

Yaaay, Euston. Image: Getty.

Last week we ran a story under the headline “Could London get a new tube line from Canary Wharf to Euston?” In it, editor Jonn Elledge reported news that the Canary Wharf Group had submitted plans to the government for a new rail link from their expensive set of office blocks to Euston station, to prepare for the arrival of High Speed 2.

Jonathan Roberts, a transport consultant and contributor to the excellent London Reconnections, got in touch with his thoughts on the matter. We present them, lightly edited, below…

There is ‘previous’ for a Canary-Euston link. The Waterloo-Canary express tube – really a ‘Drain’ [like the Waterloo & City line] to Canary, rather than to the City – was transmogrified into the Jubilee Line extension, and ended up being largely funded by others.

However, this time think of the original Waterloo-Canary-Greenwich Peninsula limited stop express tube scheme, and realign so it is Euston-Canary limited stop express tube. I’ve noted the interest of the London Borough of Southwark, and also the distance – 8.5km – stated in New Civil Engineer.

From South Dock to the far side of ‘New’ Euston in a straight line is 9.25 km (5.75 miles).

From fully alongside Crossrail North Dock station to the far side of ‘New’ Euston is 8.95 km (5.55 miles).

From fully alongside Crossrail North Dock to a double-ended Euston-St Pancras (under the Euston Road in this instance) is 8.75 km (5.42 miles).

From a shorter North Dock station to a double-ended Euston-St Pancras is 8.5 km (5.28 miles).

That could serve all Euston trains, Thameslink, St Pancras and all Kings Cross trains.

What’s the journey time at 50-60 mph average speed? About 10 minutes if no intermediate stops. However, Old Street or Spitalfields might be very interesting as new connectivity and new sources of local travel, at the cost of a longer overall journey time.

But an 8.5km scheme could run from the South Dock to a station terminating at Euston from the SE – passing close to or under Farringdon, and under the City.

So there are several interpretative options, depending on whether or not there might be intermediate stops and precisely where those might be (and how you might route it to avoid tall City buildings). Some options:

Click to expand.

Definitely a scheme to watch.

Oh, we will.


Five ways the UK can prepare for its next heatwave

Brighton, 2014. Image: Getty.

The 2018 summer heatwave in the UK broke records – and it won’t be the last spell of such severe heat. In fact, climate change means that hot summers which would once occur twice a century may soon occur twice a decade. As the population grows and ages, this will lead to more premature heat-related deaths and place extra strain on physical and mental health services.

Previous research on resilience to heatwaves, such as last year’s report by parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee, a cross-party group of MPs, has focused predominantly on policy, regulation and infrastructure. Such research barely addresses behavioural or social responses that occur during hot weather events and how these can contribute to building resilience.

This is what my own work looks at. In a new book I explore these ideas and assessed how to improve resilience to climate change through communication, collaboration and co-production. So what can the UK do to be better prepared for heatwaves in future?

1. Remember that heatwaves are a serious threat

People must be trained to think more carefully about their vulnerabilities and responses to hot weather. Everyone’s experience of hot weather varies, and this is often associated with positive memories of past summers where they’d enjoy the heat, venture outside and make the most of a potentially short-lived summer.

But this often leads to people being more exposed to the effects of the sun, which affects their health and productivity and puts extra strain on hospitals. Hot temperatures also cause roads to melt and train track to buckle, resulting in delays. As hot weather becomes more common, people need to bear these things in mind.

2. Factor in behavioural change

While appropriate regulation and policies are important, they must represent how people respond to heatwaves and how their experiences affect their behaviour. This can be incorporated into broader thinking around other topics.

Buildings, for instance, can be insulated to stay warm in the winter yet cool in the summer, but we need to better understand how people behave in buildings during those periods to ensure appropriate use.

And working practices can be adjusted so people can work outside periods of intense heat. People rarely want to stay at home all day, so more water fountains should be provided in public places.

3. Get better at talking about hot weather

British people famously love talking about the weather. But they still need to get better at talking about heatwaves specifically, and how they can become more resilient to them. That means things like sharing whether they’re feeling the load of the hot weather or sharing ways to stay cool.

Better communication will also help people understand who’s doing what during a hot weather event (for example, emergency services under extra strain, or bus and train drivers working in tough conditions).

4. Learn from the neighbours

Learn from other others. Mediterranean countries, for instance, are used to the hot weather and people there have adopted simple practices to help them cope with the stress: closing shutters during the hot weather, avoiding being outside or on the beach during peak heat temperatures, painting buildings white, staying hydrated and avoiding strenuous activities during hot weather. Countries in northern Europe that are just getting used to severe heatwaves could adopt these practices.

5. Invest in resilience and communication

Investment should be pro-active, rather than reactive. That means working closely with scientists to anticipate the risks from heatwaves, getting a better understanding of our vulnerabilities and the potential measures we can take. Ensure buildings (especially hospitals and care homes) and infrastructure are better prepared to withstand hot weather events and that regulation is updated to better reflect this, without which the number of heatwave-related deaths would increase.

The Conversation

Candice Howarth, Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and Climate Change Communication, University of Surrey.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.