HS2 - Old Oak Common

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1668
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

As the Mayor has publically rebuked HS2 for their decision to downgrade their plans for Euston Station, does he share my concern that there may be a risk of future scaling back of plans for the line? Considering ambitious plans for regeneration opportunities in Old Oak Common, such as that of Sir Terry Farrell, will he seek assurances from HS2 that the significant blight they will inflict on residents of West London is at the very least offset with significant investment, instead of piecemeal upgrading?

Answer

Answer for HS2 - Old Oak Common

Answer for HS2 - Old Oak Common

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Please be assured that all along my support for the HS2 scheme has been and is conditional upon a design at Old Oak Common that will help enable the regeneration of the wider Old Oak Common Opportunity Area. My officials at TfL and the GLA continue to work closely with HS2 Ltd in making the case including providing enhanced rail connectivity at the proposed HS2/Crossrail interchange including an Overground station and provision for a future Crossrail link onto the WCML. Not only will this enhanced interchange reduce pressure at Euston benefitting HS2, but it is essential to the providing a strategic transport interchange in west London. I continue to seek assurances from the Secretary of State on these issues.

On a more positive note, the Secretary of State has agreed to construct a longer tunnel for the entire HS2 route through Ealing rather than using the existing surface alignment. This change will significantly reduce disruption in west London, particularly at Hanger Lane gyratory.