WSP has been appointed by Transport for London (TfL) to develop options and make recommendations for a preferred solution for a London Overground station to link to the proposed HS2 /Crossrail interchange at Old Oak Common.
Despite two London Overground lines running through the area, there is currently no station planned to connect the network to these nationally significant routes at Old Oak Common.
WSP has been appointed as lead consultant to provide railway engineering and infrastructure services for a Grip 3 study of three options, having completed the Grip 2 study for the four shortlisted options in late 2013. Architect planners Farrells have been appointed by WSP to provide master planning and architectural support.
Project Director Dave Darnell said:
“This is a hugely exciting scheme that has the potential to create a major new regional transport hub, taking some of the demand off existing overloaded routes by providing links to HS2 from the west and south west without travelling into central London and offering better access into the area of Old Oak Common for existing and future residents. It is technically and environmentally challenging and we will be drawing on our considerable experience in the successful design of stations and railway engineering both here in the UK and abroad and on the masterplanning expertise of our project partners, Farrells.”
WSP has been involved in many high profile rail projects in the UK including the ongoing redevelopment of London Bridge Station – one of the most complex and ambitious rail station redevelopments in the UK to date, involving the complete phased demolition and reconstruction of the existing London Bridge Station to create a street level concourse and reconfiguration of the track layout to increase through capacity while ensuring the station remains fully operational throughout, Crossrail’s Bond Street station, Birmingham New Street Station and Edinburgh Waverley Station.
Internationally WSP has worked on many large and complex rail projects particularly in Sweden including the 300km West Coast Line, the City Line – Stockholm’s equivalent to Crossrail, and the 190 km Bothnia Line.