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PREPARATORY works are currently underway on the Old Oak Common interchange station in north-west London, which will become one of the main stations on Britain's second high speed rail line, HS2.
Designed by Wilkinson Eyre and engineered by WSP, the new station will include subterranean platforms for HS2, as well as platforms for Elizabeth Line trains which will connect the station with central London and Heathrow Airport.
Above: Works on the new Old Oak Common HS2 Station in London have already begun (image courtesy of HS2).
The station will be built on the site of a former railway depot, which construction workers have already begun to clear.
The interchange's six HS2 platforms will be built in a 1-kilometre long underground box. Once complete the station could cater for up to 250,000 passengers every day.
Above: The new station will serve as an interchange between the Elizabeth Line and the underground HS2 lines (image courtesy of HS2 and WilkinsonEyre).
Additionally the land surrounding the station, which is currently a mixture of light industrial facilities and derelict sites, will be developed into a new, mixed-use neighbourhood with 25,500 new homes, that supports 65,000 new jobs.
Above: The new station will feature vaulted arches, nodding to the industrial train sheds that used to occupy the site (image courtesy of HS2 and WilkinsonEyre).
The station's design features seven vaulted canopies, which provide access to the platforms underground.
One of the vaults extends further than the others, and along with two additional elevated walkways provides access to the Elizabeth Line trains.
Above: The station is to provide a boost for the regeneration of the surrounding industrial area into a metropolitan mixed use neighbourhood ( image courtesy of HS2 and WilkinsonEyre).
With an estimated budget of £1.3 billion, the station will be built by a consortium of contractors - Balfour Betty, Vinci and Systra - and is expected to complete in 2026.