Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the controversial HS2 high-speed rail link will be built. The first phase of the route will travel between London and Birmingham, with a second phase going to Manchester and Leeds. In a special Cabinet session, ministers gave immediate full approval to the initial section linking London to Birmingham, which is due to open to services in 2028, providing there are no more delays. However, the six-mile section linking Euston with the line will not open until 2031, meaning trains will terminate at West London’s Old Oak Common for the first three years.
David Lunts, Interim CEO of Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) said:
“OPDC welcomes the news that HS2 and the station at Old Oak Common has been given the go ahead. This will unlock major regeneration potential in the area, which OPDC was established to deliver, enabling up to £7.6bn of value each year for the UK economy and tens of thousands of new and affordable homes and jobs for Londoners. We support the Mayor of London’s call on the Government to open Euston station as soon as possible so that the full benefits of the new interchange can be realised.”
Andrew Dakers, CEO, West London Business added:
“The backing of HS2 from the new Government is a huge boost for the whole country, but also very exciting news for West London as Old Oak Common will be a critical hub where HS2 meets the Elizabeth line (Crossrail). HS2 will increase capacity on the north-south rail network and we hope will be powered by zero carbon green electricity assisting in the UK’s contribution to tackling climate change. We look forward to working with HS2, the Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), the construction supply chain and local authority partners to ensure that the local benefits are maximised.”