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Council offers HS2 support through Sir Terry Farrell plan

Hammersmith and Fulham council has released a design by Sir Terry Farrell for a proposed new high speed rail super hub at Old Oak Common.

The design was submitted to the Department of Transport by the council which is backing plans for HS2.

It shows new homes, businesses and a new waterside park along the Grand Union Canal, known as Park Royal City, built around a 21st century transport super-hub, drawing on designs by Sir Terry for Chinese hubs at Guangzhou, Kowloon and Beijing.

Network Rail and Transport for London are already pressing for the new west London transport hub at Old Oak Common between Harlesden and Acton as part of multibillion-pound rail investment proposals (CN, News, 3 August).

H&F council leader Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh said: “HS2 is the fastest way to deliver much need new homes, jobs and opportunities in one of London’s poorest areas as well as adding much need capacity to our creaking rail network.”

“The Old Oak super hub is vital to making the overall HS2 plans work properly as it will relieve pressure on central London terminals, like Euston, that will not be able to cope with the huge number of additional passengers on their own.

“In turn HS2 will be the catalyst to create Park Royal City - transforming the capital’s Bermuda Triangle of inactivity into a thriving new city.”

The regeneration vision for Park Royal City shows 12,000 new homes and the council believe it could create 115,000 jobs.

Sir Terry Farrell said: “High Speed Rail is not just a transportation strategy it’s a nationwide economic catalyst that requires creative place making.

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to reshape and unblock the development of a critical part of North-west London, and crucially to have a huge impact on the country as a whole.”

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