Barnes says Old Oak case is unproven

Richard Barnes, the Deputy Mayor of London, has said he thinks the case for an HS2/Crossrail interchange at Old Oak Common is “unproven”.

The plans were given the go-ahead at the end of last yearby transport secretary Philip Hammond, and LB Hammersmith & Fulham hope, could generate up to 10,000 new homes and 5,000 jobs on the disused rail depot land at the north of Wormwood Scrubs.

Mr Barnes was¬†speaking at an event in Greenford. The Fulham Chronicle reports that he was urging people to take part in the current consultation. He said: “I don’t think the business case has been proven, I don’t think it’s the ideal route, and my family in the West Midlands have never said to me, ‘I wish I could get a ticket to Old Oak Common’.”

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