Old Oak Common
Old Oak Common is a new super hub set to be the best connected rail station in the UK.
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Old Oak Common will see high speed rail services to the midlands, Scotland and the North and access to central London and Heathrow via Crossrail. It will also drive regeneration in the area and be a landmark design too.
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The new high speed station at Old Oak Common will help kick-start the UK’s largest regeneration project, which aims to transform the former railway and industrial area into a new neighbourhood supporting up to 65,000 jobs and 25,500 new homes. 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.
The new HS2 station will incorporate passenger and retail facilities, providing a high quality and exemplary customer experience for all passengers and visitors to the station. It will provide direct interchange with conventional rail services through eight conventional train platforms, to be served by the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail), taking passengers to Heathrow and Central London, and trains to Wales and the West of England.
The station will have 14 platforms. Designs for the station show that the 6 high-speed platforms will be situated underground. They will sit within a 850m long station box, with a volume to fit 6,300 Routemaster buses in it. There will be an integrated connection to the adjoining conventional station at ground level via a stylish shared overbridge. There will be eight conventional service platforms. A light and airy concourse will link both halves of the station, unified by a vast roof inspired by the site’s industrial heritage.
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 50 lifts and escalators.
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To the west of the station, above the HS2 platforms, there will be a new public park, a green space which will welcome visitors to Old Oak Common and provide a new focal point for the growing community. Its planning submission also includes an application to lower and widen Old Oak Common Lane, which will improve access to the station for buses and pedestrians.
Work at Old Oak Common to prepare for construction of the station has been ongoing since 2017 and the site is near ready to be handed over to HS2’s station construction partner, Balfour Beatty Vinci Systra JV (BBVS) who were awarded the contract in September 2019. HS2’s Enabling Works Contractor, Costain Skanska JV (CSJV) have to date made considerable progress on the site, clearing 32,000 cubic meters of former rail depot sheds and outbuildings, working through 105,000 cubic meters of earth to clear the site and remove any contamination built up over a century of continuous railway use.
Six 450 metre HS2 platforms will be built in an 850 metre long underground box, with twin tunnels taking high speed trains east to the Southern terminus at Euston and west to the outskirts of London. Material excavated during work on the tunnels will be removed by rail from the nearby former Willesden Euroterminal depot.
Visit the HS2 in Old Oak community website.
Visit the Old Oak Development Corporation website.