Old Oak Common (1)

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you want to maintain the current link at Old Oak Common to the 'New North Main Line' (the railway through Greenford that lies above the HS2 tunnel)? Do you agree that a chord from the proposed Crossrail Dudding Hill line loop provides a means, at last, of achieving that?


Answer for Old Oak Common (1)

Answer for Old Oak Common (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Given the growth planned for Old Oak Common it is important we maintain as much flexibility as possible with the rail network to ensure the optimal package of rail connections can be delivered in the future.  

The work HS2 are proposing at Old Oak Common as part of the Hybrid Bill will mean that the line to Greenford will be severed, at least temporarily, for a number of years. Although the link is infrequently used by passenger or freight services, it acts as a useful diversionary route during times of disruption. I am therefore keen to see the link reinstated once HS2 is complete.

The proposed Crossrail extension to the West Coast Main Line could potentially allow for the link from Old Oak to Greenford to be reinstated and TfL is working closely with HS2 Ltd and Network Rail to ensure that options which allow for the reinstatement of this connection are being actively considered.