HS2 consultation roadshow comes to town

THE Government has announced plans to consult residents on a new train station that will link the borough to the north of England.

The new station at Old Oak Common, Harlesden, would receive trains from the planned HS2 rail link, between London and Birmingham, should it go ahead.

A Department for Transport roadshow will vivit Queens Park station, in Salusbury Road, Queen’s Park, on March 26 from 9am to 5pm, and Shepherd’s Bush Overground station, in Westfield Way, Shepherd’s Bush, on April 1 from 9am to 5pm.

Residents will be able to speak to experts on how the plans might affect them and even listen to the sound the trains will make.

An adjacent station will also be built for the Crossrail line between Shenfield in Essex and Maidenhead in Berkshire, the Heathrow Express and the Great Western Main Line.

John Cox, a local transport campaigner, said the interchange is an excellent idea but would currently be in the middle of nowhere as local connections currently stop a mile away at Willesden Junction.

He said: “I suspect a new North London Line Overground station will be built for them, south of Willesden Junction. It could become the Stratford of west London.”

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Exact dates for work to begin are yet to be announced. The consultation will take five months.