High Speed Two (HS2), a company that is developing and constructing the UK’s new high-speed rail network, has unveiled the latest designs for its west London super-hub at the former Great Western railway depot at Old Oak Common.
The new station is expected to help kick-start the country’s largest regeneration project to transform the former railway and industrial area into a new neighbourhood, which will unlock 25,500 new homes and create up to 65,000 jobs.
The high-speed platforms situated underground will have an integrated connection to the adjoining conventional station at ground level through a shared overbridge.
The super-hub is expected to be the 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.
The six 450-metre HS2 platforms will be built in a 1km underground box, where twin tunnels will take high-speed trains east to the terminus at Euston and west to the outskirts of London.
Material excavated will be removed by rail from the former Willesden Euroterminal depot located nearby.
The station design includes the potential for provision of future services to Wales and the west of England from Old Oak Common.
A concourse linking both halves of the station will have a soaring roof inspired by the site’s industrial heritage.
The station, designed by a team led by engineering professional services consulting firm WSP and architects WilkinsonEyre, is expected to be the UK’s best connected rail interchange, with nearly 250,000 people passing through every day.
It will include escalators that will take passengers down to the HS2 platforms.
A new public park will be built above the platforms. The green space could include water features and outdoor event spaces.
The Mayor’s Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation is leading the long-term planning and development of the wider site. It is planning a mixed-use development, with commercial, residential and leisure uses.
HS2 is working to clear the site and prepare the ground for the construction to begin later in 2019 and the first services are due to run in 2026. Around 1,500 workers are expected to be employed on site during main construction.
The designs will be on display at local venues over the coming month for feedback from the community.
Image: Rendering of the HS2 station to be constructed at Old Oak Common. Photo: Courtesy of WSP.