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Upgrading existing stations and funding new rail links is essential to success of Old Oak Common


Upgrading existing stations and funding new rail links is essential to the success of the Old Oak Common regeneration mission, in accordance to Transport for London (TfL) transport planning supervisor Chris Porter.

The OPDC is presently shifting forwards with plans to develop a new district in West London together with the potential to create an city district with 25,000 new properties, a variety of job alternatives for native individuals, public area and amenities.

At the guts of the event would be the Old Oak Common interchange station which is presently being constructed by a three way partnership between Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Systra (BBVS). The interchange will join High Speed 2 (HS2) with the Elizabeth line in addition to offering direct companies to Heathrow Airport.

However, talking at a Westminster Forum occasion, Porter stated that the interchange alone is not going to be sufficient to totally join the new district.

Instead he stated TfL is pushing for upgrades at close by stations akin to Wilsden Junction, North Acton, Harlesden and Park Royal in addition to upgrading the trains on the Bakerloo line to higher serve the neighborhood.

TfL is additionally actively looking for funding for its proposed Old Oak Common Lane railway station, Porter stated.

The railway station could be located on the North London Line, between North Acton and Willesden Junction, inside the London Overground commuter rail system. It shall be positioned subsequent to the deliberate Old Oak Common railway station.

Porter has additionally supported plans for the West London Orbital railway which might use existing infrastructure to join North West and South West London, by way of Old Oak Common’s interchange station.

Porter stated that with out the Old Oak Common Lane and the West London Orbital, the Old Oak Common regeneration mission wouldn’t have the opportunity to attain its full potential.

Porter stated: “Old Oak Common is one of essentially the most thrilling developments within the nation nevertheless it is additionally one of essentially the most irritating.

“For as a lot potential is has, it additionally has an equal quantity of challenges. There is lots of existing infrastructure which passes shut by Old Oak Common however is not related in.

“To realise its full probably now we have bought to discover a approach of correctly integrating the existing infrastructure with the new developments.”

He added: “There is no level constructing all these homes if the residents have to journey into Central London each time they need to go wherever.”

Work on the Old Oak Common Interchange continues to collect tempo. As revealed earlier this month, work on the mission’s record-breaking station field is underway following the completion of early works.

When full the station may have 14 platforms in whole, with six 450m lengthy high-speed rail platforms located underground inside the 850m lengthy station field.

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