Queen’s Speech a boost for Old Oak

Legislation paving the way for the development of the High Speed 2 railway was announced in Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech, providing a “huge boost” to LB Hammersmith & Fulham’s plans to redevelop the Old Oak Common area.

A bill would grant parliamentary permission to build phase one of the £16.3bn line from London to Birmingham.

The new rail hub at Old Oak Common would be the main interchange station for passengers wanting to transfer from the new high speed railway to Heathrow, via Crossrail. Around a third of all HS2 passengers are expected to transfer at Old Oak Common.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council believes around 20,000 jobs would be created in the immediate area.

Leader Cllr Nicholas Botterill said: “This is a real shot in the arm for our plans to regenerate Old Oak Common. Old Oak will be transformed from one of the most deprived parts of the country into the epicentre of nation’s high speed network linking the regions of the UK with Heathrow, the capital and beyond.”

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