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Plans shown off for 1,500 homes above ASDA’s Park Royal superstore
Plans shown off for 1,500 homes above ASDA’s Park Royal superstore

Plans shown off for 1,500 homes above ASDA’s Park Royal superstore

A large ASDA superstore in west London could be redeveloped into a new housing site with around 1,500 homes close to the future Old Oak Common station.

May
14
Government set to approve £1 billion tunnels for HS2-Euston link
Government set to approve £1 billion tunnels for HS2-Euston link

Government set to approve £1 billion tunnels for HS2-Euston link

The government is expected to confirm that HS2 will dig tunnels linking the high-speed railway to Euston station, although there's still no confirmation that Euston station will be built.

May
09
Electricity underwater: Grand Union Canal tunnel provides power boost for HS2
Electricity underwater: Grand Union Canal tunnel provides power boost for HS2

Electricity underwater: Grand Union Canal tunnel provides power boost for HS2

A "micro tunnel" has been dug under the Grand Union Canal in West London at the moment to deliver electricity to HS2's tunnel boring machines when they start digging the Euston tunnel.

Mar
27
HS2 launches third giant tunnelling machine under west London
HS2 launches third giant tunnelling machine under west London

HS2 launches third giant tunnelling machine under west London

HS2 has started digging a third tunnel under London as its newest tunnel boring machine started work over the weekend.

Feb
26
Former Crossrail TBM digs new HS2 tunnel at Old Oak Common
Former Crossrail TBM digs new HS2 tunnel at Old Oak Common

Former Crossrail TBM digs new HS2 tunnel at Old Oak Common

A tunnel boring machine used to dig part of the Elizabeth line has been used to build a tunnel for HS2 at the Old Oak Common station in west London.

Jan
24
Emily and Anne get ready to dig HS2’s Northolt Tunnel under west London
Emily and Anne get ready to dig HS2’s Northolt Tunnel under west London

Emily and Anne get ready to dig HS2’s Northolt Tunnel under west London

Two more tunnel boring machines, Emily and Anne, have been lowered into the ground to dig tunnels under west London for the HS2 railway.

Oct
24
2023
HS2’s Euston station at risk as Old Oak Common emerges as potential London terminus
HS2’s Euston station at risk as Old Oak Common emerges as potential London terminus

HS2’s Euston station at risk as Old Oak Common emerges as potential London terminus

The HS2 railway might never reach Euston and Old Oak Common could become its permanent London terminus in an effort to avoid the cost of building the station at Euston.

Sep
16
2023
HS2 will bury two Tunnel Boring Machines at Old Oak Common
HS2 will bury two Tunnel Boring Machines at Old Oak Common

HS2 will bury two Tunnel Boring Machines at Old Oak Common

Two of HS2's large tunnel boring machines are to be buried into the site at Old Oak Common next year so they can wait there until a decision is taken about how to build Euston station.

Aug
11
2023
HS2 Old Oak Common station recognised as ‘outstanding’ for environmental designs
HS2 Old Oak Common station recognised as ‘outstanding’ for environmental designs

HS2 Old Oak Common station recognised as ‘outstanding’ for environmental designs

The new ‘super-hub’ station being built in West London for HS2, which will be the largest newly built station in the UK, is currently under construction, and has been awarded an outstanding rated score under the BREEAM assessment.

Aug
07
2023
First mile of West London’s HS2 tunnels completed, but Government report raises concerns
First mile of West London’s HS2 tunnels completed, but Government report raises concerns

First mile of West London’s HS2 tunnels completed, but Government report raises concerns

The first mile of the two HS2 tunnels running under west London from Ruislip towards Old Oak Common has been completed, and is on target for the tunnels to be completed by 2025.

Jul
31
2023
TfL in talks to buy more Elizabeth line trains to cope with HS2 demand
TfL in talks to buy more Elizabeth line trains to cope with HS2 demand

TfL in talks to buy more Elizabeth line trains to cope with HS2 demand

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that it is working on plans to buy more Elizabeth line trains to cope with demand when HS2 opens its Old Oak Common station.

Jun
01
2023
Excavation at Old Oak Common station reaches HS2 track depth milestone
Excavation at Old Oak Common station reaches HS2 track depth milestone

Excavation at Old Oak Common station reaches HS2 track depth milestone

Excavation of the huge underground space that will eventually become HS2's new station at Old Oak Common has reached down to the track level, and they've completed the first base slab concrete pour at the western end.

May
16
2023
HS2’s Euston station not expected to open until Manchester link is completed
HS2’s Euston station not expected to open until Manchester link is completed

HS2’s Euston station not expected to open until Manchester link is completed

HS2 might not get to open its Euston station until 2040, the Transport Secretary Mark Harper has confirmed to MPs in Parliament, as it wont open before HS2 opens its extension to Manchester.

Apr
20
2023
HS2 buys an ex-Crossrail tunnelling machine for Old Oak Common tunnel
HS2 buys an ex-Crossrail tunnelling machine for Old Oak Common tunnel

HS2 buys an ex-Crossrail tunnelling machine for Old Oak Common tunnel

A tunnel boring machine that was used to dig part of the Elizabeth line is now being used to build a logistics tunnel for HS2 in west London.

Apr
12
2023
TfL needs more Elizabeth line trains because of HS2 delays at Euston
TfL needs more Elizabeth line trains because of HS2 delays at Euston

TfL needs more Elizabeth line trains because of HS2 delays at Euston

Transport for London (TfL) is warning that delays to the HS2 railway may require it to buy more Elizabeth line trains to cope with the thousands of people dropped off at Old Oak Common needing to get into central London.

Mar
23
2023
Will HS2 be cut back from central London?
Will HS2 be cut back from central London?

Will HS2 be cut back from central London?

There are reports this morning that the High Speed 2 railway may be cut back and the central London terminus at Euston cancelled, or at best, seriously delayed.

Jan
27
2023
See inside HS2’s new Old Oak Common railway station
See inside HS2’s new Old Oak Common railway station

See inside HS2’s new Old Oak Common railway station

One of London's largest construction sites can be found at Old Oak Common in west London, where a huge new railway station is being built.

Jan
26
2023
HS2 opens a giant conveyor belt in West London
HS2 opens a giant conveyor belt in West London

HS2 opens a giant conveyor belt in West London

What does a company do when it has three large construction sites in an urban area that need to move material around without clogging up the roads?

Nov
23
2022
HS2 starts construction of the Old Oak Common station box
HS2 starts construction of the Old Oak Common station box

HS2 starts construction of the Old Oak Common station box

Construction work has started on the large subterranean concrete box that will eventually house the HS2 platforms at the new Old Oak Common station.

Nov
23
2021
HS2 opens its North London railway hub
HS2 opens its North London railway hub

HS2 opens its North London railway hub

A former cargo freight site in northwest London has been taken over by HS2 to be used for moving muck out and concrete in for the construction of the railway tunnels and the new station at Old Oak Common.

Sep
21
2021
Plans shown off for parks around Old Oak Common’s HS2 station
Plans shown off for parks around Old Oak Common’s HS2 station

Plans shown off for parks around Old Oak Common’s HS2 station

Two large parks are being planned to go around HS2's station at Old Oak Common, with initial plans now open for consultation.

Jul
10
2021
HS2 tunnel spoil to fill in a Cambridgeshire open-pit mine
HS2 tunnel spoil to fill in a Cambridgeshire open-pit mine

HS2 tunnel spoil to fill in a Cambridgeshire open-pit mine

A former brickworks and cement open-pit mine just outside Cambridge is to be filled in with spoil from HS2 tunnels at Old Oak Common.

Jul
02
2021
HS2’s Old Oak Common station gets formal start
HS2’s Old Oak Common station gets formal start

HS2’s Old Oak Common station gets formal start

HS2's huge hub station at Old Oak Common has received formal approval for the permanent construction work to start.

Jun
23
2021
HS2 starts construction of the North London crossover box
HS2 starts construction of the North London crossover box

HS2 starts construction of the North London crossover box

A massive cavern that will allow HS2 trains to switch lines is to be built next to Old Oak Common, and works are about to start on constructing it.

Jan
28
2021