The Anonymous Widower

Some Sense On HS2

There is a report on the BBC, which says that a new station could be built at Old Oak Common to link HS2 and Crossrail. Here’s the first two paragraphs.

Views are being sought on plans for a High Speed 2 and Crossrail station in west London, as part of a scheme it is claimed could create up to 90,000 jobs.

Greater London Authority is consulting residents on the plan for Old Oak, which it says will generate jobs and see thousands of homes built.

I think it’s a good idea and I suspect many others will too, especially, as it will allow the creation of lots of much needed new homes and jobs in the capital.

Other points include.

  1. This station would take the pressure off Euston as many passengers coming from or going to the North on HS2 would probably prefer to change to Crossrail for the London end of their journey.
  2. Would less traffic through Euston mean that the need to rebuild Euston station and its dreadful connections to the Underground, could be sensibly delayed?
  3. If there is less pressure on Euston, the need for Crossrail 2 is probably less.
  4. It creates a one change connection between the North and Heathrow Airport.
  5. If a Thames Estuary Airport is built, then I suspect that would be linked to Crossrail, so that is just one change too.
  6. This plan creates a link between large areas of West London to long distance rail services, especially if the West London and North London lines were to be improved.

But it does show even more that we need some holistic planning, which sorts out London, its railways and airports for the next thirty years or so.

If you look at the area on a map, you will find that the area is served by several railway lines at present including the Great Western Main Line, the West Coast Main Line, the London Overground and even the Central and Bakerloo Lines of the London Underground. There would also appear to be large areas of industrial land, that would probably be ripe for development.

July 7, 2013 - Posted by | Transport | , , , , ,


  1. […] Euston station is not fit for purpose and should be redeveloped and/or relieved. I favour a second terminus of the West Coast Main Line at Old Oak Common, as I mused here. […]

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  2. […] last someone has seen some sense in how to link HS2 into London. I talked about it earlier, so I won’t repeat […]

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