WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff will provide engineering input for the interchange station between the Great Western Main Line, Crossrail and HS2 at Old Oak Common.
An initial study will investigate the realignment of the existing tracks at Old Oak Common to create space for construction of a new station as part of the plan to allow easy interchange between HS2, Crossrail and the Great Western Main line, as well as with Heathrow Express and other local public transport.
The realignment works and new station would likely involve multiple construction stages to ensure that construction work does not interfere with train services.
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff was appointed in 2012 to develop the design of the high speed and conventional railway systems for HS2 along the whole HS2 Phase 1 route from London to Birmingham, including the interface works at Old Oak Common.
In addition WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff was appointed in 2013 by Transport for London (TfL) to develop options and make recommendations for a preferred solution for linking London Overground services to the proposed HS2/Crossrail/GWML interchange at Old Oak Common.
Old Oak Common is set to become a key hub connecting London to the rest of the UK. Positioned mid-way between Heathrow and the centre of London, the station will handle more than 250,000 passengers a day. There is also expected to be huge regeneration potential to the area. Queens Park Rangers Football Club plans to build a new stadium and 24,000 homes there. [See our previous report here.]
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff head of rail Darren Reed said: “This project has national significance as it involves HS2, Crossrail, the main Western rail artery and the express service to the UK’s largest airport. The complexity of this project requires excellence in designing, planning and engineering, and we are looking forward to delivering the benefits of our combined railway, station, and civil engineering expertise.”