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Farrell unveils HS2 Old Oak Common plan

A London council is hoping to use derelict and under-used industrial land in north-west London to transform the area into a major new development around a High Speed 2 (HS2) rail hub.

The regeneration vision, drawn up by architect Sir Terry Farrell, for Park Royal City near Old Oak Common in north west London includes 12,000 new homes and a light-railway, but revolves around HS2 going ahead.

Hammersmith and Fulham council leader Stephen Greenhalgh said the plan would help to add much needed capacity to London’s rail network.

“The Old Oak super hub is vital to making the overall HS2 plans work properly as it will relieve pressure on central London terminals, like Euston, that will not be able to cope with the huge number of additional passengers on their own,” he said.

“In turn HS2 will be the catalyst to create Park Royal City – transforming the capital’s Bermuda Triangle of inactivity into a thriving new city.”

Farrell said high speed rail was not just a “transportation strategy” but an “economic catalyst” for the nation.

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to reshape and unblock the development of a critical part of north-west London, and crucially to have a huge impact on the country as a whole.”

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