Have your say on a proposed London Overground station at Old Oak

Closed 24 Nov 2014

Opened 22 Sep 2014

Results Updated 13 Feb 2017

Latest update
Having secured funding from the European Commission (EC) to progress the development of options for the potential new London Overground stations at Old Oak Common Lane and Hythe Road, work in 2016 focused on developing design options for both stations. These options will continue to be progressed during 2017 before developing a single preferred option and seeking Approval in Principle for the proposals from the asset owner, Network Rail. We will be continuing to work closely with the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) to ensure these designs integrate with the overall emerging masterplan set out in the OPDC Local Plan, which we expect will be published for further consultation during 2017. We will also be working with the OPDC to understand the strategic, economic and financial case for the potential new stations and understand how they fit with other infrastructure requirements for the Old Oak area. Any further consultation(s) regarding the potential new London Overground stations at Old Oak will be dependant on the outcome of this work and funding for the next stages.

Update on 23 December 2015
Over the course of 2015 we have been continuing to work on the issues raised during our 2014 consultation. As plans for HS2 progress, we have been able to secure changes that ensure pedestrian and cycle links between Old Oak Overground and HS2/Crossrail 1 stations are an integral part of the  design to create a properly integrated transport network.

As Old Oak changes, so to will the demand for transport links. The creation of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) will drive the regeneration of the areas surrounding the proposed stations. We therefore, need to ensure that the introduction of any additional Overground stations is integrated into the right package of measures to provide the connectivity people need to move in and around London more easily in the future.

A key part of enhancing the Overground in the Old Oak area is understanding the current and future demands for Overground services across the whole network and the operational constraints that might exist now or in the future. We have now secured €4m funding from the European Commission (EC) to progress the development of options for new London Overground stations in the area.

We hope to publish further information in summer 2016, responding to issues previously raised and setting out our further thinking for the proposed way ahead for transport improvements in the Old Oak area.

Update on 6 March 2015
We have now considered the comments and suggestions received for this consultation and have recommended that Option C, which proposes two Overground stations, should be further progressed as the single preferred option.

The consultation results show the most support for Option C, which would create two separate London Overground stations at Old Oak Common Lane and Hythe Road - allowing access to both the Clapham Junction to Stratford and Richmond to Stratford lines. This option was also preferred as two distinct catchment areas would be served, maximising rail links across the proposed Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation site and helping make journeys quicker and easier across west London.

We will now undertake more detailed work to progress Option C, taking on board comments received from the consultation.

The next stage of work will include the consideration of funding options as part of the wider development plans for Old Oak Common.

Further public consultation on the scheme is expected to take place in 2016.

More information can be found in our press release.

Update on 15 January 2015
In total 1,898 people responded to our consultation. Over 83 per cent either support or strongly support our aspiration to build an Overground station at Old Oak.

We commissioned Steer Davies Gleave to carry out independent analysis and report on the public and stakeholder responses. The consultation report is available to download below:

Overground at Old Oak - Consultation report

 

Overview

The Government  announced proposals for a new High Speed 2 (HS2), National Rail and Crossrail station at Old Oak by 2026, potentially making it one of the best connected railway stations in the UK.

However, the current plans did not include a connection to the London Overground services that currently pass through the area. Both the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) consider this as missed opportunity to integrate HS2 and Crossrail with the local transport network, improving connectivity and supporting further economic growth of the area.

We asked for your views on the principle of creating a new London Overground station at Old Oak and on three options to connect it with the HS2, National Rail and Crossrail station. All three options are feasible, but offer different levels of passenger benefits and local impacts.

 

Why We Are Consulting

 

Background

A number of proposals are being developed in the Old Oak Common area which impact on local transport needs and strengthen the case for a new Overground Station in the area.

Proposals for HS2 include the creation of a new HS2, National Rail and Crossrail  station at Old Oak, adjacent to Old Oak Common Lane. For further information on HS2 proposals visit the HS2 website.

Although the Clapham Junction to Stratford and Richmond to Stratford routes pass very close to the site, the HS2 proposal does not include plans to link these lines into the new interchange. The nearest station served by London Overground would be Willesden Junction, some 1.5km away. The absence of a London Overground Station at Old Oak would mean HS2 passengers from northwest, west and southwest London, and locations in the southeast, would have to travel into Euston to access HS2. This will add unnecessary journey times and increase crowding at both Euston and the wider London Underground network.

In addition to the plans for HS2, Old Oak has been designated as an Opportunity Area in the London Plan. In 2013, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, outlined proposals to transform Old Oak and Park Royal into a thriving new district with up to 24,000 new homes and more than 55,000 jobs. As part of this long term plan, the Mayor intends to create a new Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) to unlock the enormous regeneration potential of this 950 hectare industrial site at Old Oak and Park Royal in West London. 

The Greater London Authority (GLA) recently held a consultation on the possibility of establishing a corporation and more information on both the Opportunity Area and the proposed Mayoral Development Corporation can be found here.

Improved local transport infrastructure will be essential to support this level of regeneration.  Without a London Overground station, the area is almost entirely dependent on Crossrail and National Rail services for access. We feel the absence of a London Overground Station at Old Oak could therefore restrain the regeneration of the area.

The precise nature of the HS2 project is currently being considered by parliament. It will involve a substantial construction period at Old Oak Common and TfL is keen to secure the connection to the Overground network at the same time, to minimise overall disruption to residents and railway passengers. We are petioning the government to include the station as part of the HS2 plans and this consultation will contribute to decision over the preferred location that we lobby for.

 

Benefits of a new London Overground Station

 

Quicker journeys and more route options

The interchange will help make journeys quicker and easier across west London, which currently lacks high quality interchanges between routes.

Access to Heathrow Airport will also be greatly improved - passengers will be able to take London Overground services and interchange onto either Crossrail or Heathrow Express services to the airport’s five terminals.

Some examples of journey time savings brought about by a new London Overground station at Old Oak are:

 

The map below shows the connections made possible as a result of adding a London Overground station to the Old Oak interchange.

For a larger (PDF) version of this map click here

 

Should the station at Old Oak be built, it would be part of wider improvements to the Overground network, and the network map could look like this by 2026

For a larger (PDF) version of this map click here

Less crowding in central London

The scheme will benefit central London, by encouraging more HS2 passengers to interchange at Old Oak avoiding central London. Up to 5,000 fewer HS2 passengers (or 10 per cent) will use Euston to access HS2 in the morning peak period (between 07:00 and 10:00). Instead, a large number of passengers from southwest, west and northwest London will use the London Overground station at Old Oak to access HS2.

This will bring benefits to the Tube system at Euston, with fewer HS2 passengers needing to access the crowded Victoria and Northern lines. In providing an interchange to orbital rail services, journeys for new and existing passengers will be easier and quicker, as well as freeing up capacity in central London.

Support the regeneration of Old Oak

A new London Overground station would help support the regeneration plans for the area. Old Oak is designated as an Opportunity Area in the Mayor’s London Plan, with plans being prepared for the creation of 55,000 jobs and 24,000 homes. Improved local transport infrastructure will be essential to support this level of regeneration.

Without a London Overground station, the area is almost entirely dependent on Crossrail and National Rail services for rail access, with limited connections to much of southwest, west and northwest London. The London Overground station would bring up to 250,000 additional people and 150,000 additional jobs within an hour’s journey time of Old Oak.

Possible future connections

There is also huge potential for an Overground station at Old Oak to open up entirely new journey options and support regeneration and growth across the sub-region. Whilst proposals for other links have not been actively considered in this consultation, TfL are aware of the potential for Old Oak to be connected to a multitude of railways. The proposals have been carefully crafted to ensure that such future links are not precluded.

 

Developing the options for a new station location

 

There are a number of barriers in the Old Oak Common area, including a multitude of railway lines, the Grand Union Canal and various railway depots. The geography of the land also presents a challenge, with levels falling away steeply south of Willesden Junction. These geographic constraints have presented challenges to identifying  feasible and cost effective solutions.

A long list of nearly 30 options were originally developed by TfL, HS2 Ltd and Network Rail and evaluated through a sifting process, measuring:

  • Route quality
  • Interchange quality
  • Impact on HS2
  • Benefits to passengers
  • Impact on the environment
  • Impact on wider stakeholders
  • Impact on operational railway
  • Regeneration impacts

 

A full summary of the options considered can be found here

The long list was reduced to the three options presented in this consultation. All three options are feasible, but offer different levels of passenger benefits and local impacts. 

 

The options we are consulting on

 

 

  • Interchange distance is 350m to HS2 station from all Overground services
  • A railway viaduct to the north of Wormwood Scrubs is included in the station plans which will have localised impacts
  • New station can be accommodated into existing timetable with minimal disruption

 

This option would see a new two-platform station on the Richmond to Stratford route adjacent to Old Oak Common Lane, with access to the HS2 station (to the east) and Victoria Road (to the west) via a subway link. Clapham to Stratford services would be diverted from their current alignment to run on a new viaduct along the northern edge of Wormwood Scrubs allowing both Richmond and Clapham Junction services to Stratford to call at the same station.

The proposed viaduct structure would begin at the north-eastern corner of Wormwood Scrubs where it would be around 4m above ground level, before running over the northwest corner of the Scrubs, Old Oak Common Lane and Telford Way industrial estate, where it would be up to 15m high.

Trains from the station would run approximately every 5 minutes during the peak, in each direction.

A scheme layout plan is also available here. This is at a more detailed scale and shows the new station and track in relation to local properties.

 

 

  • Interchange distance is 350m to HS2 station from all London Overground services
  • Uses existing rail alignment with some modifications to track nearby, avoiding Wormwood Scrubs
  • In order to accommodate into the existing timetable, there would be a reduction in trains running between Clapham and Stratford

 

This option would see Clapham Junction to Shepherd’s Bush services extended into Old Oak, running onto the existing freight lines into a new three-platform station on the Richmond to Stratford route, adjacent to Old Oak Common Lane. Access to the HS2 (to the east) and Victoria Road (to the west) would be via a subway link.

Clapham Junction to Stratford services would bypass the station completely. Four trains an hour would run between Clapham Junction and Old Oak, where they would reverse. The precise service pattern is to be determined, but fewer services from Clapham Junction could call at the new station in this option.

Services to Clapham Junction and Richmond to Stratford services will call at the same station, albeit from different platforms. Trains from the station would run approximately every 7-8 minutes during the peak, in each direction.

A scheme layout plan is also available here. This is at a more detailed scale and shows the new station and track in relation to local properties.

 

 

  • Interchange distance is 350m to HS2 station from Richmond to Stratford services and 650m from Clapham Junction to Stratford services
  • Uses existing rail alignment with some modifications to track nearby, avoiding Wormwood Scrubs
  • Minimum additional journey time to allow trains to call at station

 

This option will see two new stations constructed; a two-platform station on the Richmond to Stratford route adjacent to Old Oak Common Lane, with access to the HS2 (to the east) and Victoria Road (to the west) via a subway link and three-platform station on the Clapham to Stratford route, adjacent to Hythe Road.

Passengers heading to or from the Clapham to Stratford route would be required to use a pedestrian link of around 650m in order to transfer from the London Overground network to HS2, Crossrail and National Rail services. The details of the design of this interchange continue to be developed.

However, the additional station at Hythe Road would improve accessibility to the proposed Opportunity Area by offering a station in the eastern area of the site. A train every 15 minutes in each direction would serve the Old Oak Common Lane station during the peak. A train approximately every seven to eight minutes in each direction would serve the Hythe Road station during the peak.

A scheme layout plan is also available here. This is at a more detailed scale and shows the new station and track in relation to local properties.

 

Comparison of station options

 

Click here for a table which allows a cross comparison of the options looking at key factors such as passenger experience, cost, benefits and environmental impacts. All assessment has been undertaken before any impacts associated with regeneration within the Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) have been taken into account (i.e. the assessment presents the impacts of the scheme only).

 

Further information on technical, environmental and operational impacts

 

This section provides links to a range of technical reports which provide further information on the expected impacts of the three options.

Technical Scheme Descriptions

This note provides a technical description of each scheme option, together with further information on construction and cost estimates.

Summary of environmental impacts

This report provides further information on townscape and visual impacts (including artist’s impression of the viaduct proposed in Option A), biodiversity and ecology, noise and vibration impacts and a range of other environmental related issues.

Train Service Pattern

These plans show the frequency of train services to and from Old Oak under each of the three options. It is also important to note that passengers using London Overground services on the Richmond-Stratford and Clapham Junction-Stratford routes will be subjected to one additional calling point. For passengers not boarding or alighting at Old Oak Common, journey times will increase by up to five minutes.

Clapham – Stratford route

Option A will increase journey times for through-passengers by 4-5 minutes

Option B will not affect journey time for through-passengers, however, there will be fewer services (a reduction from 6tph to 4tph)

Option C will increase journey times for through passengers by 2-3 minutes

Richmond – Stratford route

Option A will increase journey times for through-passengers by 2-3 minutes

Option B will increase journey times for through-passengers by 2-3 minutes

Option C will increase journey times for through passengers by 2-3 minutes

Station demand forecasts

These plans show the forecast usage of each station under the three options.

 

Timetable

 

TfL would only proceed with the Overground scheme if HS2’s proposals go ahead, and if funding is secured. More information will be made available once a decision on the HS2 station is confirmed. An indicative construction timetable could be:

  • End 2021:  start enabling works near Old Oak Common Lane & Hythe Road
  • End 2022:  start of main works
  • End 2024: complete works & commence testing/commissioning
  • Early 2026:  introduction of services

 

Next steps

Information from this consultation will be used to inform further design work. We will announce in February which option we are taking forward as our preferred choice.

 

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London
  • Taxi customers and other stakeholders

Interests

  • London Overground