This page covers Transport for London’s five proposed schemes for creating an interchange between London Overground North London line (Stratford – Richmond route) and West London line (Stratford – Clapham Junction route) with Old Oak Common main line station (Elizabeth line, GWR and HS2). All five schemes feature a new station called Old Oak Common Lane. One scheme, now abandoned – more about that in a moment – includes a second station at Hythe Road.

Old Oak Common Lane station would be located about 350 metres (1,150 ft) to the west of the main Crossrail station on Old Oak Common Lane. It is also planned to construct a footbridge to give access to the station from Victoria Road (A4000 road) via Midland Terrace. Interchange with the Crossrail station will be determined by the design of the new Old Oak Common station. Under the Transport and Works Act 1992, the project will be subject to a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) and governmental funding if construction is to proceed. The scheme would also be examined at a public inquiry before it could be approved by the Secretary of State for Transport.

Source: Old Oak Common Lane railway station – Wikipedia.
There is a separate entry for Old Oak Common Victoria Road, a proposed station on a reopened Dudding Hill line (the West London Orbital scheme).
OpenStreetMap – Old Oak Common area

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Old Oak Common stations, planned and proposed

Old Oak Common stations, planned and proposed. Hythe Road station is no longer an option. Map source: Wikipedia, author unknown. Map elaborated by Reopen.

The five options

Map sources:

  1. Overground Station at OOC, Operational Planning Workshop, TfL Planning, May 2014 (pdf).
  2. Overground at Old Oak – Consultation Analysis by Steer Davies Gleave for Transport for London.

Option A | Old Oak Common Lane station

North London line and West London line services remain more or less unaltered.

Richmond and Clapham Junction trains use the same track between Willesden Junction and Old Oak Common Lane. Clapham Junction trains then run on a new stretch of track that goes over the Great Western Main line, traverses the northern edge of Wormwood Scrubs, crosses Scrubs Lane and joins the current route to Shepherds Bush.

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Old Oak Common – London Overground station(s) – Option A

Old Oak Common – London Overground station – Option A.
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Old Oak Common London Overground station – Option A – visualOld Oak Common London Overground station – Option A

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Option B | Old Oak Common Lane station

This option has three variants: Bi. Bii and Biii.

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Old Oak Common – London Overground station – Option B

Old Oak Common – London Overground station – Option B.
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Option Bi | Old Oak Common Lane station

Some services from Clapham Junction terminate here. Clapham Junction – Stratford services bypass the station.

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Old Oak Common London Overground station Option Bi

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Option Bii | Old Oak Common Lane station

All services from Clapham Junction call here, reverse and continue towards Stratford.

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Old Oak Common London Overground station Option Bii

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Option Biii | Old Oak Common Lane station

This is the same as Option Bi except that some services from Clapham Junction call here and continue towards Hounslow, removing the need for a turnback facility. Clapham Junction – Stratford services bypass the station.

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Old Oak Common London Overground station Option Biii

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Option C | Old Oak Common Lane and Hythe Road stations

North London line (Richmond) and West London line (Clapham Junction) services remain more or less unaltered, except that they call at different Old Oak Common stations.

This is the option that was being pursued. It is now “off the table” according to Liz Peace, chair at Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (click + to read more).

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Old Oak Common – London Overground stations – Option C

Old Oak Common – London Overground stations – Option C.
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Planned Old Oak Common stations

Planned Old Oak Common stations | Original source: WSP. Secondary source: parkroyaltown.blogspot.com.
Old Oak Common London Overground station Option Biii

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Planned Hythe Road station

Hythe Road is a planned station situated between Willesden Junction and Shepherds Bush on the West London line of London Overground to provide an interchange with Old Oak Common station.

Hythe Road railway station would be situated about 700 metres (770 yards) from the mainline Old Oak Common station. Construction work would involve re‑aligning the track along a new railway embankment (built slightly to the north of the existing line) and demolishing industrial units along Salter Street, on land currently owned by a vehicle sales company (‘Car Giant’). The station structure will sit on a viaduct, with a bus interchange underneath. The station will incorporate 3 platforms, allowing through services between Stratford and Clapham Junction with an additional bay platform to accommodate terminating services from Clapham Junction.

Source: Hythe Road railway station – Wikipedia.

Arcadis is supporting the development of two new London Overground Stations in West London as part of Transport for London’s major infrastructure development aspirations. Old Oak will be the only place where the new High Speed 2 railway between London, the Midlands and the North meets the Elizabeth line, London’s new East-West railway. The two new stations, Old Oak Common Lane and Hythe Road, will be a major hub for regeneration and provide a crucial transport interchange between mainline, commuter rail services, Elizabeth line and HS2.

Source: Old Oak Common Overground Stations, on Arcadis website.

Hythe Road station is “off the table”

The body charged with redeveloping the large area of land close to High Speed 2’s (HS2’s) Old Oak Common station site has lost a key planning battle. After months of going backwards and forwards the Planning Inspectorate has ruled in favour of objections to the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation’s (ODPC’s) project which covers a total of 650ha. The objections were lodged by second hand car dealership Car Giant, which owns 20% of this area. The decision has left the OPDC with a giant hole in its plans.

“We do however believe that there is room for the OPDC and Car Giant to find an agreed solution on this matter, particularly given that both sides recognise the importance of the road, and we would be very happy to meet with Arup and Car Giant to talk this through. “Our offer to meet still stands.”
Two overground stations originally proposed as part of the initial development plan also appear to have been shelved. At a London Assembly meeting last week OPDC chair Liz Peace told the committee that Hythe Road and Old Oak Common overground stations were “off the table”.
“My understanding is that Hythe Road is absolutely off the agenda, given that TfL has said it is not going to build it. As far as I can see, it’s off the table, unless at some point in the future a developer could do it, if and when that larger phase of the site gets developed. “TfL have made it clear to us that they are not paying for it because they have done the modelling and they don’t believe there is a demand for it.”

Source: Old Oak Common | How important was Car Giant to development plans? on New Civil Engineer website (September 2019).

Read a consultation report on the three main options (not the sub-options)

Overground at Old Oak – Consultation Analysis by Steer Davies Gleave for Transport for London (pdf—2015)

What now?

The biggest housing and jobs initiative in the country [possible paywall] being overseen by the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation will have to be massively scaled back following devastating findings by the planning inspector [possible paywall] in respect of its draft local plan. In a nutshell, the inspector has upheld the views of the biggest landowner affected, Cargiant, that the proposed plan is a dead duck. He found that, instead of delivering 25,000 homes and 65,000 jobs, the development corporation should scale this back to 14,200 and 37,590 respectively – because plans to develop Cargiant’s land are ‘unviable and ought to be deleted from the plan’.

Source: Old Oak Common regeneration is a train crash and City Hall is to blame, on Architects’ Journal website – September 2019 (essential reading but you may encounter a paywall if you clicked on the earlier links).
The Hythe Road scheme is dead in the water. It seems that Transport for London was not too keen on this option anyway. TfL must have conducted a detailed risk analysis and been prepared for this scenario, so which of the remaining options will it pursue?
Old Oak Common London Overground station – Option A

Clapham Junction services run over a new line between Old Oak Common Lane and Shepherds Bush
Option A is an elegant solution, consultation participants liked it, and the arrangement whereby two London Overground services (Stratford – Richmond and Stratford – Clapham Junction) share one platform would be user-friendly. But the scheme requires the construction of a substantial stretch of line passing over the Great Western Main line, traversing the northern edge of Wormwood Scrubs and crossing Scrubs Lane on a flyover, as shown on the map. This would be expensive, disruptive and time consuming, and probably not seen as a good investment relative to the Option B variants.
Old Oak Common – London Overground station – Option B

OOC Lane has dedicated platform for Clapham Junction trains terminating there
Option Bi would cost considerably less but it means services would be duplicated between Clapham Junction and Shepherds Bush. This arrangement is likely to confuse passengers travelling to Old Oak Common, who could easily board the wrong train and find themselves at Willesden Junction. A bay platform at Old Oak Common Lane would be need to be built.
Old Oak Common – London Overground station – Option B

OOC Lane has dedicated platform where trains working the Clapham Junction – Stratford route call then reverse and continue
Option Bii requires trains to reverse at Old Oak Common Lane. The time overhead created by the reversals and the awkward stock movements mean this option is unlikely to be selected.
Old Oak Common – London Overground station – Option B

Trains running over the loop call at OOC Lane en route to and from Hounslow
Option Biii is the same as Option Bi except that no turnback facility is needed. The proposed Clapham Junction – Old Oak Common Lane – Hounslow service (in effect, two services joined together: Clapham Junction – Old Oak Common, and Old Oak Common – Hounslow) would bring forward part of the West London Orbital scheme and do so at a relatively low cost. However, the Clapham Junction – Shepherds Bush service duplication issue remains.
We will be watching for new developments and will report further as soon as more information comes to light.

Further reading

First glimpse of two new stations for H&F, on the website of Hammersmith & Fulham Council (includes an artist’s impression of the proposed Hythe Road station)

Hythe Road railway station – Wikipedia

Old Oak Common—A Vision and a Challenge for Crossrail (Part 1), on London Reconnections website (2013 but worth a look)

Old Oak Common: Part 2 – Putting the Pieces Together, on London Reconnections website (as above)

Old Oak Common: Part 3 – Looking Over the Fence, on London Reconnections website (as above)

Old Oak Common Lane railway station – Wikipedia

Old Oak Common London Overground Connectivity, on WSP website

Old Oak Common Overground Stations: Strategic Outline Business Case, December 2017, Transport for London (2017, pdf download available)

Old Oak Common regeneration is a train crash and City Hall is to blame, on Architects’ Journal website – September 2019 (possible paywall)

Overground at Old Oak – Consultation Analysis by Steer Davies Gleave for Transport for London (pdf—2015)

Overground Station at OOC, Operational Planning Workshop, TfL Planning, May 2014 (pdf)

Technical summary of the preferred option for Hythe Road station, Transport for London (pdf—2017)

West London Orbital (proposed scheme includes Dudding Hill line)