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The station will be built on the former Great Western railway depot at Old Oak Common. HS2 is currently working to clear the site and prepare the ground for the start of construction, later this year.
New super-hub to be best connected rail station in the UK with connection to Elizabeth line (Crossrail) into central London and Heathrow Airport, with HS2 services to the midlands, Scotland and the North.
Work on site is ramping up with construction workers clearing the site for the start of station construction. The number of workers on site will to rise to peak levels of over 1,500 during main construction.
HS2 today (Tuesday 5th February, 10am) unveiled the latest designs for its west London super-hub at Old Oak Common, as HS2 minister Nusrat Ghani visited the construction site to meet HS2 staff, its contractors and Chair of OPDC involved in the transformative project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The long-term planning and development of the wider site is being led by the Mayor’s Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation which is planning a mixed-use development, with commercial, residential and leisure uses.
Adrian Tooth, WSP Project Director on Old Oak Common said:
“As well as being a catalyst for regeneration within the wider OPDC area, the new HS2 Old Oak Common station will become a landmark destination featuring an area of urban realm to the west of London. Our design responds to the station's function, recognising that more than half of those using the station will interchange between the below ground HS2 and the Elizabeth Line. The station form takes inspiration from our Victorian railway heritage and the juxtaposition between the above and below ground railways.
“WSP has welcomed 21 new apprentices to the Old Oak Common station project, as part of our 240-strong project team. We are committed to boosting the skills of Britain's next generation while delivering this transformative project.”
WilkinsonEyre and engineers WSP have unveiled designs for HS2 Old Oak Common interchange, a major new hub providing connections to conventional rail services including the Elizabeth Line. The station sits within a major new area of development, acting as a catalyst for regeneration and social infrastructure for West London. The development is set to help unlock up to 65,000 new jobs and 25,500 new homes.
The designs propose a series of underground high-speed platforms linked by a shared overbridge providing connections to conventional rail services. The station will be characterised by a spectacular vaulted roof inspired by the site’s industrial heritage. The undulating roof form accentuates the feeling of volume while providing high levels of daylight and enhanced external views. The station’s light, open spaces create a natural cohesion with the proposed public realm and future developments in Old Oak South.
Enabling works have commenced on site, with construction on the station due to commence next year, with the first services due to run in 2026