European Commission gives £2.9m towards new train station in Harlesden
PUBLISHED: 10:49 16 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:49 16 December 2015
Transport bosses have secured €4million (£2.9m) to pump into a new train station in the Harlesden area as a part of the Old Oak Common regeneration project.
The funding from the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility will be match-funded by Transport for London (TfL) as part of their proposals to create the new links to support the 950 hectare site which spans across Harlesden and Park Royal.
The proposed new station would allow passengers to travel directly to Oak Common through HS2, Crossrail and the London Overground.
It will be the size of Waterloo, handling 250,000 passengers a day and acting as a super hub between London and the rest of the UK, Europe and the world.
Under the scheme drawn up by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, the station will be constructed at Old Oak Common by 2026.
Eric Pickles, the then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, gave the thumbs up to the 30-year long project in January.
As one of the largest regenerations in London, it promises to boost the economy in the area by £15billion through the creation of a brand new city with up to 25,500 homes and more than 65,000 jobs.
Richard De Cani, TfL’s managing director of planning, said: “Old Oak and Park Royal is one of the largest regeneration schemes in London for decades and will support 65,000 new jobs and 25,500 new homes.
“Good transport links are vital to the successful transformation of the area, and this funding will allow us to develop proposals for London Overground connectivity in the area.
“These new local links will connect Old Oak Common to two London Overground routes and will enable High Speed 2 and Crossrail to interchange with the suburban rail network, easing potential pressure on Euston.”
Sir Edward Lister, deputy mayor for planning and chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, added : “This funding paves the way for us to progress the development of new stations that will help to make Old Oak one of the best-connected parts of London and a key driver of economic prosperity for decades to come.”
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