Strong public support for TfL’s plans for a new London Overground station at Old Oak
Posted: 26 February 2015 | | No comments yet
Transport for London has set out that two London Overground stations should be built at Old Oak Common, after the public consultation on proposals to build a new Overground link in the area received strong public support…
Transport for London (TfL) has set out that two London Overground stations should be built at Old Oak Common, after the public consultation on proposals to build a new Overground link in the area received strong public support.
The introduction of improved local transport infrastructure is essential to provide local rail links to High Speed 2 and Crossrail, as well as to help provide improved rail links across the proposed Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) site, which could deliver 55,000 jobs and 24,000 new homes.
Three station options were considered as part of the consultation, with TfL working closely with Network Rail to fully assess the environmental, operational, and economic impacts for each option.
The public consultation results show the most support for Option C, which would create two separate London Overground stations at Old Oak Common Lane and Hythe Road – allowing access to both the Clapham Junction to Stratford and Richmond to Stratford lines. This option was also preferred as two distinct catchment areas would be served, maximising rail links across the OPDC site and helping make journeys quicker and easier across west London.
Richard de Cani, TfL’s Managing Director of Planning, said: “This public consultation has demonstrated there is strong public support for new local rail links at Old Oak to allow Overground services to support the planned new High Speed 2 and Crossrail stations due to open in 2026. The creation of two new London Overground stations would also significantly improve transport links in this area, helping support local growth by enabling 55,000 new jobs and 24,000 new homes to be created.”
The nine week public consultation, which ran between 22 September and 24 November, indicated 85 per cent of the respondents supported plans to build a new London Overground station at Old Oak. It has been recommended that Option C, which proposes two Overground stations, should be further progressed as the single preferred option. TfL will now undertake more detailed work to progress Option C, taking on board comments received from the consultation.
The next stage of work will include the consideration of funding options as part of the wider development plans for Old Oak Common.
Further public consultation on the scheme is expected to take place in 2016.