HS2 unveils designs for Old Oak Common station

6 February 2019 (Last Updated February 6th, 2019 11:18)

The UK’s High Speed 2 (HS2) has unveiled the designs for the Old Oak Common station, which will be developed at the site of the former Great Western railway depot.

HS2 unveils designs for Old Oak Common station
An artist’s impression of the future HS2 Old Oak Common station. Credit: © Crown copyright.

The UK’s High Speed 2 (HS2) has unveiled the designs for the Old Oak Common station, which will be developed at the site of the former Great Western railway depot.

The design includes building six 450m HS2 platforms in a 1km-long underground box. It also includes building two tunnels for HS2 trains movement, one towards the east for the Euston terminus and another to the west connecting the outskirts of London.

Additionally, the station will be linked to the adjacent conventional station at ground level through a shared over bridge providing connectivity between HS2 and Elizabeth line (Crossrail) services.

Escalators will be deployed at the site to take passengers to the underground platforms, while a public park will be built above them.

“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 current design also provides provision to accommodate future services to Wales and the west of England from the Old Oak Common station.

The designs are now open for public consultation.

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.

Once operational, the Old Oak Common station is estimated to be used by 250,000 passengers daily.

Currently, HS2 is engaged in clearing the station site, with construction works expected to begin later this year.

The first HS2 services are due to start in 2026.