Old Oak plans approved

Plans for the new Old Oak Station have been approved, meaning the largest new station ever built in the UK can begin construction.
The plans, by archirtect Wilkinson Etre and engineer WSP, will produce the interchange between HS2 and Crossrail. The station will, for a time, be the London terminus of HS2 while Euston Station is improved.
The station will have 14 platforms, a mix of six high speed and eight conventional service platforms, with an 850m long station box, with a volume to fit 6,300 Routemaster buses. The HS2 Old Oak Common station design incorporates a sequence of interlocking curved roof forms, designed to enhance the open environment of the station and provide natural ventilation. The arch roof profiles designed by engineer WSP and architect WilkinsonEyre reduce the need for columns
When operational, the station will be used by up to an estimated 250,000 passengers each day and is set to become one of the busiest railway stations in the country. It is hoped that the station will be a catalyst and gateway for Old Oak and Park Royal, one of the largest regeneration sites in the country.
Matthew Botelle, HS2’s stations director said: “Building a new railway station for the UK on this scale and size will be an incredible achievement for British engineering. HS2 is set to be a catalyst to transform this area of West London, making it one of the best-connected development sites in the UK. We will continue to work with OPDC and other local partners to ensure that this opportunity is maximised.”
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