Euston Arch Gets Celebrity Support

6 February 2013, 11:35

Michael Palin is backing a campaign to rebuild a famous London landmark as part of work on the HS2, High Speed Rail Line.

There is hopes Euston Arch can be recreated as part of the station's redevelopment.

It was erected in 1837, but torn down in 1961 to make way for the new station.

The remains were used to fill in a section of the Prescott Channel in Bow.

The columns were rediscovered by the historian Dan Cruikshank and some sections were recovered when the Olympic Park was being built in 2009.

Experts predict it would cost £10 million to restore.

Michael Palin has now become the patron The Euston Arch Trust.

He says:

“The enormous popularity of the restored St Pancras, soon to be followed by a restored King's Cross, has shown that celebration of the past and potential for the future are not mutually exclusive. The restoration of Euston Arch would restore to London's oldest mainline terminus some of the character and dignity of its great neighbours.”

Arup, the construction company in charge of the new station, has said it is open to the idea.

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