HS2 Ltd has published the first images of the Old Oak Common station design in west London. The new high speed station will be part of phase one of the project between London and Birmingham, and will be the first stop on the line’s for trains starting at the southern terminus at Euston. The station is part of a wider regeneration proposal that 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 station will interchange with other services including the Elizabeth Line and the Great Western Main Line. The high-speed platforms will be situated underground with an integrated connection to the adjoining conventional station at ground level via a 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.
Designed by a team led by WSP and architects, WilkinsonEyre, the station is set to be the UK’s best connected rail interchange, with a light and airy concourse linking both halves of the station with a soaring roof inspired by the site’s industrial heritage, and is expected to handle 250,000 passengers per day. Escalators will take passengers down to the HS2 platforms, with a new public park built above them.
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.
HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani said: “HS2 will be the backbone of Britain’s rail network, unlocking regeneration and economic growth across the country, while improving journeys for passengers. These designs show how Old Oak Common will set world-class standards for the future of stations. The task for our designers and engineers now is to take these ideas from the drawing board to reality, building an iconic station that is accessible, safe and open to all.”