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HS2 and railway lands at Old Oak

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The special interests who pull the strings of HS2 Ltd are opposed to having Old Oak Common as the terminus for their high speed rail line. But as can be seen from HS2 Ltd’s own illustration, a terminal would be feasible, and the footprint of a 12-platform station at Old Oak would be small, in terms of the overall railway lands and development area. And the costs of relocating the Crossrail depot would be a minuscule fraction of the amount needed to build through to Euston.

HS2 Ltd, indicative layout of 12 platform station at Old Oak

The HS2 Ltd estimated footprint can be compared with earlier extreme scaremongering.

Scaremongering about the footprint of a HS2 station

If the eastern leg of HS2 were cancelled, the platform requirement, and space needed, would reduce further.

But the best option would be to cancel HS2 altogether, and create a combined Chiltern and Great Western through station, at Old Oak.

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Written by beleben

October 25, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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