Greenford Line

Meeting:

Mayor's Question Time

Date:

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Reference:

Question 2015/0329

Main question

Navin Shah

You have stated that you want to keep the existing link to the High Wycombe railway line at Old Oak Common. My constituent has stated that the original plans by HS2 Ltd. will permanently break that link.  My constituent says that the new Crossrail-to-Tring tracks could be adapted to add it back in again and would like to know how the MDC will be able to get them to change their mind?


Answer

The Mayor

The HS2 Hybrid Bill proposal severs the existing connection between the Great Western Main Line (GWML) and the Acton to Northolt Line (ANL), which your constituent refers to as the High Wycombe railway. This section of railway is currently only used by one passenger service each day and a small number of freight trains.

These changes are happening in order to accommodate a much needed new station on the GWML at Old Oak Common which will provide an interchange between HS2, Crossrail and National Rail services, delivering substantial benefits across London.

In August 2014, the Secretary of State for Transport announced a feasibility study to consider the potential to extend Crossrail to serve destinations in Hertfordshire along the West Coast Main Line (WCML). As with any feasibility study, final decisions would be subject to a wide range of considerations including affordability. 

The provision of a new Crossrail to WCML rail link may also allow the reinstatement of the connection between the GWML and ANL. However, even if this is desirable, it is not clear what services could operate. By 2026, when the new Old Oak Common station opens, the GWML will be used intensively by Crossrail and other services.

Euston Station, HS2 and Double Deck Down