HS2 open-day at Queens Park station Saturday

Consultation on high-speed train station at Old Oak Common gets underway

RESIDENTS are hoping plans for a new interchange train station will help regenerate the area bringing 1000s of jobs with it.

The new station at Old Oak Common, Harlesden, would receive HS2 trains that travel between London and Birmingham should it get the go ahead.

The site, just north of Wormwood Scrubs, will also provide the site for a future Crossrail station.

Paul Keegan, 51, who is Chairman of the Old Oak Tenants and Residents Association said: “Residents were 100% behind the Old Oak interchange. We are all for it. “Anything that brings regeneration and jobs to this area will be welcomed. We are just crying out for new businesses and jobs.”

It is believed the project could bring thousands of new homes and an extra 5,000 jobs to an area with 50 per cent unemployment, according to Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

Roger Sleight, owner of Churchill Independent Estate Agent in Old Oak Common Lane, said: “Whichever way you look at it the interchange has to bring more prosperity to the area. It’s been neglected here and it really needs a push. Even though it’s in zone two it really needs something.”

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The Government are running a series of public roadshows so residents can get a better understanding of the scheme and have their say.

It stops off at Queens Park station, in Salusbury Road, West Kilburn, between 9am and 5pm on Saturday March 26, and Shepherd’s Bush Overground station, in Westfield Way, Shepherd’s Bush, between 9am and 9pm on Friday, April 1.