The station is the fifth-busiest station in Britain and the country's busiest inter-city passenger terminal, providing a gateway from London to the West Midlands, North West England, North Wales and Scotland. High-speed intercity services are run by Virgin Trains and overnight services to Scotland are provided by the Caledonian Sleeper, while regional and commuter services are accommodated by London Northwestern Railway. Local suburban services from Euston are run by London Overground via the Watford DC Line which runs parallel to the WCML as far as Watford Junction. The station is also connected to Euston tube station and is close to Euston Square tube station, both on the London Underground, and close to King's Cross and St Pancras railway stations.
Euston was the first inter-city railway terminal in London, planned by George and Robert Stephenson. The original station was designed by Philip Hardwick and built by William Cubitt, having a distinctive arch over the station entrance. The station opened as the terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway (L&BR) on 20 July 1837. Euston was expanded after the L&BR was amalgamated with other companies to form the London and North Western Railway, leading to the original sheds being replaced by the Great Hall in 1849. Capacity was increased throughout the 19th century from two platforms to fifteen. The station was controversially rebuilt in the mid-1960s, including the demolition of the Arch and the Great Hall, to accommodate the electrified West Coast Main Line, and the revamped station still attracts criticism over its architecture. Euston remains a significant station into the 21st century, and is proposed to be the London terminus of the future High Speed 2 project.
Euston Station is set back from Euston Square and Euston Road on the London Inner Ring Road, between Cardington Street and Eversholt Street in the London Borough of Camden. It is one of 19 stations in the country that are managed by Network Rail. As of 2016, it is the fifth-busiest station in Britain and the busiest inter-city passenger terminal in the country. It is the sixth-busiest terminus in London by entries and exits.
There is a bus station directly in front of the main entrance for several key bus services, including 10, 59, 73, 205 and 390.
Euston was the first inter-city railway station in London. It opened on 20 July 1837 as the terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway (L&BR). The old station building was demolished in the 1960s and replaced with the present building in the international modern style.