LONDON , Rail Eng Digest
HS2 , the UK’s latest High Speed Rail Project , has released the design of super hub at Old Oak Common which will connect to Crossrail and London’s transport network including transfer to Heathrow Airport.
The new high speed station will help kick-start the UK’s largest regeneration project, which aims to transform the former Great Western railway depot and industrial area, into a new neighbourhood supporting up to 65,000 jobs and 25,500 new homes.
The high-speed platforms will be built below ground with connections to the adjoining ground level conventional station with an overbridge to 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.
The six 450m HS2 platforms will be built in a 1km long underground box, with twin tunnels taking high-speed trains east to the terminus at Euston and west to the outskirts of London.
Escalators will take passengers down to the HS2 platforms, with a new public park built above them.
Material excavated during work on the tunnels will be removed by rail from the nearby former Willesden Euroterminal depot.
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: “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.”
The station is designed by a team led by WSP and architects WilkinsonEyre, while the long-term planning and development of the wider site is being carried out by the Mayor’s Old Oak and Park Royal Development.
Matthew Botelle, HS2’s Old Oak Common Project Director said: “The arrival of HS2 has the potential to transform Old Oak Common, unlocking thousands of new jobs and homes around the UK’s best connected transport hub.
“Linking HS2 and Crossrail, our new station will be a landmark piece of architecture at the heart of the development, designed around the passenger to ensure seamless, accessible and stress-free travel.
“We want the community to be a part of the design process and we are asking for their views on the latest plans.”
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.