Plans go in for HS2 Old Oak Station

Aaron Morby 4 years ago
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HS2 has revealed fresh designs for its west London super-hub at Old Oak Common after formally submitting it for planning approval.

Work at Old Oak Common to prepare for construction of the station has been ongoing since 2017 and the site is nearly ready to be handed over to HS2’s station construction partner at Old Oak Common, Balfour Beatty Vinci Systra JV.

HS2’s enabling works contractor, Costain Skanska JV has cleared 32,000 cubic meters of former rail depot sheds and outbuildings, working through 105,000 cubic meters of earth to clear the site and remove any contamination built up over a century of continuous railway use.

Engineering consultant WSP, and architects WilkinsonEyre have led the design for the station with six high-speed platforms situated underground.

These will connect to the adjoining conventional station at ground level via a shared overbridge. This has eight conventional train platforms, to be served by the Elizabeth Line, taking passengers to Heathrow and Central London, and trains to Wales and the West of England.

A light and airy concourse will link both halves of the station, unified by a vast roof inspired by the site’s industrial heritage.

To the west of the station, above the HS2 platforms, there will be a new public park to greet visitors to Old Oak Common.

Six 450m HS2 platforms will be built in an 850m long underground box, with twin tunnels taking high speed trains east to the Southern terminus at Euston and west to the outskirts of London.

The submission also includes an application to lower and widen Old Oak Common Lane, which will improve access to the station for buses and pedestrians.

The planning application will now be considered by OPDC and a decision is expected this summer.

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