Old Oak Common
Construction has started at Old Oak Common to build the best connected rail station in the UK.
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Old Oak Common will offer high speed rail services to the Midlands, Scotland and the North and access to central London, Wales and the South West. It will become the UK’s best-connected railway ‘super-hub’, and the biggest station ever built in a single-stage build in the UK. Its construction will support 2,300 jobs. The station will also drive the regeneration of the area around it in West London.
Learn about the station design and how innovation helps reduce carbon. Then find out about it’s construction and explore the heart of the design – a huge underground box.
HS2’s Old Oak Common station will offer unrivalled connectivity, with 14 new platforms; six HS2 platforms offering high speed services to the North and Midlands, four Crossrail – or Elizabeth Line – platforms, and four conventional rail platforms, which will be served by trains to Wales and the South West. Explore the high speed connections on the HS2 journey planner.
Bringing the station together will be the station’s immense roof, covering the area of over three football pitches. The lightweight roof structure has been designed to minimize the use of materials and allow as much natural light in which reduces the carbon impact of the station. The station will have 13,000 square metres of glass. The environmental credentials of the station will be boosted by 2,720 solar panels covering the roof, generating a supply of renewable energy for the station.
The longest escalators on the HS2 network will be at Old Oak Common. They which will take passengers 13.5m up from the subsurface platforms to concourse level. In total, the new station will boast more than 53 lifts and 44 escalators.
A roof that reduces carbon
Construction of the station will support 2,300 jobs. HS2’s station construction partner is Balfour Beatty Vinci Systra JV (BBVS) who were awarded the contract in September 2019.
At the heart of the station is a huge underground box. It will be a 850 metre long underground box containing the six high-speed platforms. It will link with twin tunnels taking HS2 trains east to the Southern terminus at Euston and west to the outskirts of London and beyond.
Watch the video explaining how the box and other parts of the station will be built, then explore a 3D model of the box’s construction.
The UK's largest new build station
Explore the heart of the station - the box
With over 250,000 passengers using the station every day, Old Oak Common will become one of the country’s most vital transport hubs and a catalyst for economic regeneration for the area and the rest of the UK.
The new high speed station at Old Oak Common will help kick-start the UK’s largest regeneration project. Working with the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) the new HS2 station will contribute to a £15 billion economic boost over the next 30 years. It will help transform the former railway and industrial area into a new neighbourhood supporting tens of thousands of new jobs and homes.
Find out what the construction of the station, and the development of the area, means for Old Oak and North Acton. Visit the HS2 in Old Oak community website.
The wider benefits of HS2
HS2 helping reduce overcrowding
By freeing up space on existing lines, for new local train services, passengers and freight, HS2 helps ease congestion and over-crowding. Travelling by train becomes a more convenient and enjoyable option for everybody, regardless of how far they’re going. Find out more about how HS2 will help reduce overcrowding across the rail network.
HS2 helping reduce carbon emissions
By freeing up capacity on our current railways, HS2 will help take hundreds of lorries off the roads every day as more freight can move to rail. This will improve air quality and help reduce carbon emissions. Learn more about HS2 helps the country achieve zero carbon Britain.
Supporting jobs in the supply chain
A variety of different London-based companies have benefited from HS2. Here are some of their stories:
Innovative software developer 3D Repo has been tasked by HS2 to boost work site safety. By harnessing the power of cloud-based technology, and combining it with unique hazard management technology, HS2 now hopes to make its sites even safer.
HS2 teamed up with cutting edge smart tech company EAVE to take major steps towards eliminating work-related hearing damage.
Find out more about the HS2 supply chain and its opportunities for businesses of all sizes.