Old Oak Common (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-01-21
Session date: 
January 21, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0076
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

A constituent has asked, will you lobby HS2 Ltd. to modify its currently-announced Crossrail-to-the-West-Coast-Main-Line route, so that a grade-separated junction with the Greenford line, and space for 8-car platforms on the Dudding Hill line, both become possible?

Answer

Answer for Old Oak Common (3)

Answer for Old Oak Common (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In August 2014, the Secretary of State for Transport announced a feasibility study to consider the potential to extend Crossrail to serve destinations in Hertfordshire along the West Coast Main Line (WCML). As with any feasibility study, final decisions would be subject to a wide range of considerations including affordability.

TfL is seeking amendments to the HS2 Hybrid Bill to ensure it includes provision for a future connection from Crossrail to the WCML at Old Oak Common. In support of this, TfL is working closely with HS2 Ltd and Network Rail to ensure this connection's design enables it to be fully integrated into the future Crossrail network while taking into account the potential for future enhancements elsewhere on the rail network.

The provision of a new Crossrail to WCML rail link may allow the reinstatement of a rail connection to the Greenford line. However, at this stage it is not clear what services could operate on the line. By 2026, when the new Old Oak Common station opens, the Great Western Main Line will be used intensively by Crossrail and other services, and there will be limited capacity to operate services from the Greenford Line to Old Oak Common or Paddington.

The feasibility work is reviewing potential alignments with one option being a separate alignment to the existing Dudding Hill Line. This scenario would be unlikely to impact on the feasibility of constructing a new station on the Dudding Hill Line.

TfL and the OPDC will continue to work with DfT, HS2 Ltd and Network Rail to ensure any future designs for a Crossrail to WCML link continue to consider these local aspirations.