Old Oak Common is a planned super-hub station in Acton, west London. The site is located about ⅓ mile south of Willesden Junction station. When built, it is expected to be one of the largest rail hubs in London, at about ½ mile (0.80 km) in length, with 14 platforms. The HS2 platforms will be 65 feet (20m) below surface level.

News in late last night: the #HS2 station at Old Oak Common, the largest new station built in UK for many years, has been granted planning consent. 14 platforms (6 high speed, 8 conventional) with a 850m station area. Engineers WSP, architects WilkinsonEyre. Work starts in June.

Source: Tim Dunn (@MrTimDunn) on Twitter, 20 May 2020.

This new station will be very unusual as only 20 per cent of passengers are expected to enter the station by road or on foot. 30 per cent are expected to transfer between HS2 and the surface lines and the remaining 50 per cent transferring between the Elizabeth line and National Rail. The design responds to these passenger movements and will ensure seamless interchanges between train services and the bus, walking and cycling networks.

Source: The station now arriving Old Oak Common interchange, on RailEngineer website.
Old Oak Common station layout

Proposed layout of tracks and platforms at Old Oak Common station, showing sub-surface HS2 platforms above, and Elizabeth line and GWR platforms below. Image sourced via parkroyaltown.blogspot.com.
When fully operational, the following services will call at the station:

  • Elizabeth line (formerly Crossrail) trains between Paddington and Acton Main Line, including trains to and from Heathrow Airport.
  • Great Western Railway intercity express trains between Reading and London Paddington.
  • Great Western Railway fast and stopping trains on the London Paddington – Oxford route between London Paddington and Slough.
  • HS2 trains between London Euston and Birmingham Interchange.
Location of Old Oak Common main line station and proposed Old Oak Common London Overground stations

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Location of Old Oak Common main line station and proposed Old Oak Common London Overground stations

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

The biggest housing and jobs initiative in the country [possible paywall] being overseen by the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation [possible paywall] 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).

Proposed future developments

  1. Additional platforms to accommodate new Chiltern Railways services. Network Rail has proposed that the Chiltern Main Line should have a second terminal at Old Oak Common to increase capacity on the route as there is no room to expand the station at Marylebone. To do so, services would use an upgraded Acton–Northolt line (historically know as the New North Main Line) with some Chiltern trains possibly terminating at Old Oak Common rather than Marylebone. The proposed addition to the Chiltern Railways network is shown in turquoise on the map immediately above. Main source: Old Oak Common railway station – Wikipedia.
  2. The construction of Old Oak Common Lane station, to enable interchange between London Overground services on the North London Line (Stratford – Richmond services) and West London Line (Stratford – Clapham Junction services).
  3. The construction of Old Oak Common Victoria Road station on a reopened Dudding Hill Line, which would be extended through Action Central and South Action to a new station, Lionel Road, adjacent to the current Kew Bridge station, then proceeding to Hounslow via Brentford, Syon Lane and Isleworth. This is the West London Orbital scheme promoted by Transport for London. A new service operating between Clapham Junction and Hounslow via Old Oak Common Lane is central to Transport for London’s Option Biii for providing a service between Clapham Junction and Old Oak Common Lane without the need for a terminus platform or awkward reversals.

Further reading

First images of HS2’s Old Oak Common station shown off, on IanVisits website

Old Oak Common railway station – Wikipedia

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

The station now arriving Old Oak Common interchange, on RailEngineer website