Sadiq Khan has called for the redevelopment of Euston station as the terminus for the High Speed 2 rail line to be put on hold until a less disruptive plan is found.
The new mayor suggested the link, set to open fully in 2033, should terminate temporarily at the Old Oak Common interchange in west London instead.
He argued that any work to Euston would cause “huge inconvenience” to thousands of residents, with hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed.
Speaking to LBC Radio, Khan said: “HS2 is a wonderful idea but I have got concerns whether Euston is the right station for the London part of HS2. The disruption during building works will cause huge inconvenience, the numbers of homes being destroyed.
“If you think about it, Euston Station doesn’t have links to Crossrail. We should look at Old Oak Common as a station for it to go to. There are faster links to Heathrow and Crossrail.”
The Old Oak Common terminus plan was rejected by MPs as recently as March when they voted for the Euston option in the House of Commons.
Plans due next month
HS2 is not yet officially approved by parliament and is still being examined by a House of Lords select committee.
In response, a HS2 official said: “Demolishing the NTH [National Temperance Hospital] site early will reduce the intensity of concurrent demolition work being undertaken to the west of Euston station. Early demolition reduces the risk of knock-on delays to other works at Euston.”
A detailed demolition plan will be submitted to Camden Council for approval next month.
Property Week examined the impact of a major overhaul of Euston station in December, with HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins saying that the current station was “no longer fit for purpose”.