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A Grade-II listed statue of railway pioneer Robert Stephenson has been removed and put into safe storage while Euston station undergoes its major HS2 redevelopment.
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The cost of HS2 should be slashed by limiting the speed of trains and making its London terminus Old Oak Common rather than Euston, according to a critical House of Lords report, which warns that better northern rail connections could be lost if the project blows its budget. In a report that could stoke further doubts over high-speed rail after Conservative leadership candidates discussed axing the project, the Lords economic affairs committee said it was far from convinced that the £55.7bn price was credible, and the government should publish a new cost-benefit analysis.
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The remains of explorer Captain Matthew Flinders have been identified by archaeologists working on the HS2 project in a London burial ground.
Captain Flinders led the first circumnavigation of Australia and is credited with naming the country.
Some 61,000 skeletons will be removed from St James's Gardens, where the station for the HS2 rail route will be built near London Euston station.
A recently discovered coffin showed the captain was buried on 23 July 1814.
[Railscot note: St James' Gardens were located on the west side of Euston station, just over Cardington Street. The churchyard was encroached on by the enlargement of the west side of the station in 1887.]
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Archaeological work to remove 45,000 skeletons from a burial site to make way for HS2 construction has begun.
Some 61,000 burials took place at St James's Gardens between 1788 and 1853, beside what is now London Euston station.
Protests and a memorial service were held before the site was closed to create a new terminus station.
HS2 said the dig in Camden would 'add to our understanding of how this city transformed'.
The burial ground is one of 60 archaeological sites along the route between between London and Birmingham which is being explored prior to the construction of the £55.7bn high-speed rail line.
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