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High Speed 2 offers west London jobs bonanza

Up to 20,000 jobs could be created in the area around Old Oak Common in west London if it is fully developed as a strategic rail hub, according to HS2 Ltd, the company promoting High Speed 2.

Speaking at NCE’s London Rail Conference yesterday, HS2 Ltd Leeds, Manchester and Heathrow project director Ian Jordan said the company expects one third of passengers on its high speed line to disembark at Old Oak Common rather than carrying on to the terminus at Euston.

“Old Oak Common is a huge part of the story in terms of accessibility and dispersal, and a huge part of the economic story for London, with up to 20,000 new jobs in that area,” he said.

HS2 Ltd’s plan is for the new high speed line to interchange with the London Underground and Overground network at Old Oak Common, as well as with the new Crossrail line, creating a hub that will generate its own employment and development opportunities.

But Transport for London managing director, planning Michèle Dix said the wider benefits will only be achieved by linking Crossrail to the West Coast Main Line and moving the Crossrail depot at Old Oak Common to free up a large area of land for development.

“After Crossrail 1 is up and running, and when you get a link between Crossrail 1 and the West Coast Main Line, you would want to move the depot,” she said. “Then you can develop all that land, otherwise the potential for HS2 wouldn’t be realised.”

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