The huge new station that will link HS2 with the Elizabeth line and mainline rail services at Old Oak Common has received official planning approval. The station will have 14 platforms, a mix of six high-speed and eight conventional platforms, with a 850m long station box, and will be the largest brand new station ever built in the UK.

Visualisation of elevated view towards Old Oak North future development (c) HS2

Under development for a couple of years, official planning approval was granted by Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) on Tuesday.

The new station will link HS2 with the Elizabeth line and National Rail services to the West Country/Paddington, is close to two planned new London Overground stations, and includes provision in the future for a link to Chiltern Railways via the Acton – Northolt line.

The six HS2 platforms will be situated underground with an integrated connection to the adjoining conventional station with its 8 platforms at ground level via a shared overbridge.

Internal view of HS2 concourse from west entrance (c) HS2

When operational, the station will be used by up to an estimated 250,000 passengers each day, and has been designed to accommodate the expected passenger growth to at least the 2040s.

They’re also building in some flexibility into the design to adapt for changing use, especially as the Old Oak Common area is developed, so some of the planned retail units can be removed to provide a new bridge from the station to the OPDC area.

The OPDC also approved two further planning applications, for lorry movements and for onsite road layouts which will be necessary for the operation and the flow of traffic on the station site. The plans also include two-way cycle routes.

A joint venture of Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Systra (BBVS) were awarded the contract to build the new HS2 station in September 2019 and, virus permitting, are set to begin work on site next month.

Schematic (c) HS2


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  1. Peewee says:

    There only seem to be 5 “conventional” lines going through that area at present, what are the 3 remaining platforms for?

    • ianvisits says:

      You want more platforms than lines if you want to maximise capacity.

    • Peewee says:

      Is that to enable Spanish solution-style or is the plan to lay more tracks?

  2. Melvyn says:

    While HS2 is still many years away hopefully the plans might allow the opening of Elizabeth Line and Overground Stations if development of OOC moves forward in similar way to how the original Canary Wharf did to open up this lost area of London.

    While all this investment is going to OOC I reckon a full upgrade of nearby Willesden Junction is also well overdue with its bent platforms on Overground causing gaps and inserting the lost platforms on the West London.line creating more interchange opportunities.

    A properly thought out scheme might include provision for a future tunnels on HS2 which could run in tunnels to connect with HS1 east of St Pancras International making regional Eurostar possible via Stratford International Station

  3. Geoffrey Algernon Brabant Demprunt says:

    I agree Willesden Junction is a disaster but without the EU Funding, will all the planned Development go Ahead in its current form?

    I’d favour Harlesden (Harley Road) as a Terminus to link with the proposed Hounslow to Brent Cross, the London Overground-Watford Line, Bakerloo Line and a new Service from Barking Central Markets, to Harlesden via Upper Holloway, Kentish Town West, a new Station in Camden Town ( Chalk Farm Road). Primrose Hill and Queens Park.

    It needs a Viaduct of 50 m at both Camden and Gospel Oak, all of which could be precast.

    Willesden to Gospel Oak, Dalston to Stratford and the Victoria Line are all apparently reaching Capacity.

    I agree a 300m Tunnel from Hs2 to Hs1 in the Goodsway Area would be a cheap Link.

    Utilise what we have, it’s cheaper, quicker and doesnt tie up vast Resources.

  4. Edward says:

    Total waste of money it will be the biggest white elephant corvid has shown it is IRELEVANT when most pen pusher can work from home

  5. Leon whitfield says:

    This be fantastic for this area . Jobs and rail contactions be amazing. Well done

  6. Geoffrey Algernon Brabant Demprunt says:

    In the meantime we need to reduce Traffic and capture Passengers on their way into London, who need not Interchange. During Off – Peaks an Outer Orbital can be used for Short Hops and School Runs.

    Value for Money Edward, you’re absolutely right.

    Time for a Tfl Consultation.

    Why can’t the First Phase of the West London Orbital commence now. The Materials for the Stations can be brought in by Works Train, utilising available Labour during a normal Shift, Day and Night, if necessary. 4 – 6 Months per Station, 15 Months Over all. Order the Trains now?

    I challenge anyone to find fault with Berlin’s S – Bahn.

    My Suggestion after perusing the Plans is to extend the necessary and cost effective West London Orbital ( Hounslow – Brent Cross West) in relatively cheap and unobtrusive Cut and Cover from Dollis Hill to Cricklewood, Childs Hill, Hampstead for (Northern Line Edgware Branch), Highgate Village, Highgate (Northern Line Barnet Branch) , Cranley Gardens Alexander Palace Gardens, Hornsey Turnpike Lane, Haringey Green Lanes, South Tottenham or Markfield Park to terminate at Stratford and or Walthamstow Queen’s Road ( Market)

    Let’s see if this helps with Car Journeys, reducing the immediate need for Cross Rail 2, and easing pressure on Euston, the Victoria Line and Dalston to Stratford.

    We wouldn’t want to see Covid as a Social Isolation Experiment.

  7. Bob Robertson says:

    My wife has sleepless nights worrying about the lack of a direct connection between HS2 and HS1.

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