Transport for London (TfL) has begun a consultation on adding new stations to the Overground network at Old Oak Common.
The site in west London could become a ‘super hub’, with proposals for stations serving High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail also under consideration, along with a possible link up between Crossrail and the West Coast Main Line.
But current plans do not include a connection to the London Overground services that currently pass through the area.
A statement from TfL said: “Both the Mayor of London and TfL consider this is a missed opportunity to integrate HS2 and Crossrail with the local transport network, improving connectivity and supporting further economic growth of the area.”
It has suggested three sites for a station which would connect the Overground with the HS2, National Rail and Crossrail station:
- A new Overground station at Old Oak Common Lane with a railway viaduct north of Wormwood Scrubs.
- A new Overground station at Old Oak Common Lane using existing track near Willesden.
- Two separate London Overground stations at Old Oak Common Lane and Hythe Road.
Besides HS2, Old Oak has been designated as an opportunity area in the London Plan. In 2013, Mayor of London Boris Johnson outlined proposals to transform Old Oak and Park Royal with up to 19,000 new homes, creating a new Mayoral Development Corporation to unlock the regeneration potential of this 950ha industrial site.
Queens Park Rangers Football Club has also expressed interest in the area, announcing plans for a new 45,000-capacity stadium and associated development last month.
TfL said it would only proceed with the Overground station scheme if HS2’s proposals go ahead, and if funding is secured.
An indicative construction timetable would be:
- End 2021: start enabling works near Old Oak Common Lane & Hythe Road.
- End 2022: start of main works.
- End 2024: complete works & commence testing/commissioning.
- Early 2026: introduction of services.
The TfL consultation can be viewed here.