Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s Leader, Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh, told transport minister Lord Adonis that the link in the Old Oak area, north of Wormwood Scrubs, could become a major new transport hub for the UK.
On a tour of the West London railway line, Cllr Greenhalgh pointed out the massive potential of the Old Oak site and urged the minister to throw his weight behind creating a hub with a Crossrail station where passengers could switch from Crossrail to the West London line, with links to Clapham Junction, Watford Junction and all the destinations which can be reached from them.
The Council believes the 32-hectare site, mainly owned by Network Rail, could become one of the capital’s busiest interchanges, with train links to Heathrow and Bristol to the west, Birmingham to the north, and Clapham and Gatwick to the south.
“I met Lord Adonis to try to convince him that if a Crossrail station was built here it will release the area’s untapped potential and make it a very attractive site for new homes and businesses,” said Cllr Greenhalgh.
He also told the minister that the site’s potential as a high-speed rail interchange was not the only attraction. Its economic potential is underlined by the fact that it sits in the shadow of the White City Opportunity Area – one of London’s key strategic sites – which is set to deliver 4,000 new homes.
“Regeneration to the north of Wormwood Scrubs would help us build 6,500 new homes in the next 10 years,” he added. “We will continue to lobby for a Crossrail station as we believe it could unlock huge benefits for local residents.”