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27.11.13

‘Superhub’ for north west London

The Mayor of London plans to create a “superhub”, linking Crossrail and HS2 at Old Oak Common, the Standard has reported.

The project could bring £6bn of investment to north west London; creating 80,000 homes and 20,000 jobs by 2025. Subject to approval by the London Assembly, a Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) in Old Oak Common will be established and begin planning work next year.

The work will be funded through borrowing against enhanced land values, and will also include improving other transport links in the area. The full plans are due to be announced next month.

Deputy mayor for planning Sir Edward Lister will lead the project. He told the paper: “The big opportunity from HS2 is regeneration, and this must not be missed. In London, Old Oak Common and Euston can be made into an entirely new city quarters delivering tens of thousands of homes and jobs for Londoners but only if we get the HS2 design and funding correct.”

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Ricp   29/11/2013 at 17:02

The railway Industry and various commentators have suggested a similar arrangement to this for some while. However the outline shown is a little simplistic, as this has not evaluated all of the possible transport linkages in this area. When first considering what has now become the Overground Network, the importance of interchanges with the radial routes was investigated. The LM Region West Coast Route had interchange platforms at Willesden Junction prior to 1966, these being abandoned with the start of the A/C services from Euston, and discontinuation of services from Broad Street. LMR management saw little purpose in developing suburban interchanges, whereas the established interchanges at Clapham Jct or Stratford GE were seen as major nodes not only for transport but local investment. Thus Willesden Jct Main (slow) line platforms should be evaluated and developed. Therefore the outline sketch simply demonstrates a concept, and not how such a 'Correspondence', to use the Parisien name for such interchanges, might develop.

Doubting Terrapin   03/12/2013 at 13:19

Will the developer pay for these stations? If not, why should anyone else? London (and other) taxpayers already fund enough, and this will not bring Greater London benefits. Developers are very good at asking for things they don't pay for, either at all or only a proportion. The short answer must be 'no' unless the developer meets at least 90% of the costs, which includes any extra trains - don't forget that a stopping train slows down the whole service and to keep the headway, more trains are needed. More trains and more stations mean more staff. If I want to improve my home, I pay. Same for any developer.

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