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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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View of the entrance to Old Oak Common at night time.
Design vision for Old Oak Common.

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.

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Discover how HS2 will transform your journey

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 HS2 helping reduce overcrowding.

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.

Kick-starting regeneration

Opening in 2026, the new high speed station 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), who published their Strategic Plan in May 2016, the new HS2 station will contribute to a £15 billion economic boost over the next 30 years.

The high-speed platforms will be situated underground with an integrated connection to the adjoining conventional station at ground level via a stylish shared overbridge providing seamless connections between HS2 and Elizabeth line (Crossrail) trains, to Heathrow and central London. The current station design also includes the potential for provision of future services to Wales and the west of England from Old Oak Common.

Escalators will take passengers down to the HS2 platforms, with a new public park built above them.
Escalators will take passengers down to the HS2 platforms, with a new public park built above them.

Station design

A light and airy concourse will link both halves of the station with a soaring roof inspired by the site’s industrial heritage. Designed by a team led by WSP and architects, WilkinsonEyre, the station is set to be the UK’s best connected rail interchange, with an estimated 250,000 people passing through every day. Read more about the station designs and what inspired them.

Escalators will take passengers down to the HS2 platforms, with a new public park built above them. The green space – which could include broad-leafed trees and water features, and outdoor event spaces – will welcome visitors to Old Oak Common and provide a new focal point for the growing community.

Aerial view of the HS2 Old Oak Common station and surrounding area.
Aerial view of the HS2 Old Oak Common station and surrounding area.