The creation of two new train stations in Harlesden is a step closer
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The creation of two new train stations in the Harlesden area is a step closer after transport bosses claimed today the plans are backed by the public.
Two stations which would interchange with railway projects HS2 and Crossrail have been proposed as part of regeneration plans at Old Oak Common by the Mayor of London.
There are three options for plans for the transport hub which will see the creation of at least one station in Old Oak Common.
A nine-week public consultation by Transport for London (TfL) into the plans showed the most support for Option C, which would create two separate London Overground stations at Old Oak Common Lane and Hythe Road - allowing access to both the Clapham Junction to Stratford and Richmond to Stratford lines.
According to TfL 85 per cent of the respondents supported that option triggering the next stage which involves looking into funding options for the wider development plans for Old Oak Common.
Last month, Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, gave the thumbs up to the development which promises to boost the economy in the area by £15billion through the creation of a brand new city with up to 24,000 homes and more than 55,000 jobs.
The regeneration of the 950 hectare site that straddles Brent, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Ealing will take place over a 30 year period.
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Richard de Cani, TfL’s managing director of planning, said: “This public consultation has demonstrated there is strong public support for new local rail links at Old Oak to allow Overground services to support the planned new High Speed 2 and Crossrail stations due to open in 2026.
“The creation of two new London Overground stations would also significantly improve transport links in this area, helping support local growth by enabling 55,000 new jobs and 24,000 new homes to be created.”