Old Oak Common will have six high-speed platforms and eight platforms for conventional trains (Picture: HS2 Ltd)
The Old Oak Common railway station, in west London, will have 14 platforms and promises to be the ‘best connected rail station in the UK’.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced the start of construction ahead of a visit today.
He said: ‘The start of permanent works at the largest train station ever built in the UK in one go, Old Oak Common, marks yet more progress in delivering HS2, the high-speed, high-capacity and low-carbon railway that will form the backbone of our national transport network.
‘This “super hub” station shows our Plan for Jobs in action – kickstarting major regeneration, creating 2,300 jobs and 250 apprenticeships in construction – and underlines this government’s determination to build back better.’
A 1.1-mile-long underground tunnel will be dug to accommodate six HS2 platforms for services to major cities in the Midlands and north.
Once the underground section is completed, a further eight platforms will be built.
Four of these will run services on the new Crossrail network, with another four connecting to lines to and from the South West and Wales.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps is set to visit the site on Wednesday (Picture: PA)
How the inside of the station could look – a quarter of a million people are expected to use it each day (Picture: HS2 Ltd)
Crossrail trains wait for the completion of the Elizabeth Line at a depot at Old Oak Common (Picture: PA)
The station, set in 32 acres near Acton, will feature a roof covering the area of more than three football pitches which will be covered in solar panels.
A £1.3 billion contract to deliver it was won by a joint venture between Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Systra (BBVS).
HS2 is said to be Europe’s largest infrastructure project and opponents have criticised it for being overly expensive and causing severe damage to rural areas and wildlife sites.
Costs of delivering the project have jumped by another £1.7 billion in the past year, the Financial Times reported on Monday.
But HS2 Ltd denied the increases, and said the scheme’s £44.6 billion budget for phase one between London and Birmingham includes £5.6 billion of contingency funds.
Artistic impression of the entrance to the huge new station (Picture: HS2 Ltd)
Old Oak Common railway station in numbers (Picture: HS2 Ltd)
Map of the route – HS2 will link serve Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Crewe with high speed trains to London (Picture: HS2 Ltd)
Once the network is fully up and running, journeys from Old Oak Common will take just 38 minutes to Birmingham, 64 minutes to Manchester and 74 minutes to Leeds.
London Euston will be just a five-minute stop away.
An estimated 250,000 passengers will use the station every day after it opens in 2030.
HS2 Ltd chief executive Mark Thurston said the start of works ‘is a significant step for phase one of HS2, as we deliver world-leading engineering to create what will arguably be one of the best-connected railway super hubs in the UK’.
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