Report says Old Oak should be HS2 site

old oak common aerialA report has highlighted Old Oak Common as a prime site for a High Speed 2 rail connection linking Heathrow with the rest of the UK.

Balfour Beatty published its report on the Old Oak site, saying that it is best placed to meet rail demand and could help connect London to Heathrow, as well as the rest of the UK. They say that the site is also in a prime spot because it would fit in with Crossrail. Hammersmith & Fulham Council has already said that it wants a Crossrail station on the underused site to connect existing rail services to the west, north and south.

Council bosses say that the location of a rail hub could pave the way for one of London’s major regeneration opportunities bringing 5,000 new jobs and 3,000 extra homes. The Balfour Beatty report seems to agree, saying the area has ‘significant regeneration potential’ to bring homes and jobs to the area.

The report goes on to say that the major regeneration potential at Old Oak would make the creation of the hub viable, while playing a major role in cutting carbon dioxide emissions.

On June 16, H&F Council identified the site as a key regeneration area for London after publishing its Local Development Framework Core Strategy Options paper.

Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh said: “This report backs up what we already know – this site is unrivalled as a site for High Speed 2. It works because not only does it have the ability to connect the rest of the country with Heathrow, but also in its huge potential to bring thousands of new homes and jobs to the area.”

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