HS2 Progresses Work on Old Oak Common Station Site

HS2 workers have completed the first base slab concrete pour at the western end of Old Oak Common station, advancing progress on the key infrastructure project.

The 850-metre station box has been established 20 metres below ground and will be home to six platforms for HS2 trains.

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First concrete pour to create bases slab for HS2 tracks at Old Oak Common station

The first base slab concrete pour comes after Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA joint venture (BBVS JV) successfully excavated around 80,000-metres-squared of spoil.

Once the west box is complete, it will be handed over to HS2’s London Tunnels contractor to prepare for tunnelling between Old Oak Common and Victoria Road Crossover Box, with breakthrough expected in late 2024.

HS2’s Project Client for Old Oak Common, Huw Edwards, said:

“Work to build HS2’s super-hub station in West London is in full swing, and we are gaining momentum, reaching our construction milestones on site. This first concrete pour of the station box base slab means that we have now reached the HS2 track level and can continue to work eastwards to build the foundations for the HS2 operational services.

“Once complete, HS2’s Old Oak Common Station will be one of the UK’s best-connected transport hubs, and will be a catalyst for economic development, the creation of new homes, jobs and spaces for the local community.”

In total, HS2’s Old Oak Common Station will feature fourteen new platforms, with six HS2 platforms for high-speed services to the North and Midlands, four Elizabeth line platforms, and four platforms for the Great Western Main Line.

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Further progress at HS2’s Old Oak Common Station site

Work on constructing the ground-level platforms for the Elizabeth line and Great Western Main Line services will begin later this year.

Nigel Russell, Project Director for Balfour Beatty Vinci SYSTRA joint venture (BBVS JV), said:

“The successful completion of the first concrete base pour for the station box at Old Oak Common marks a significant milestone in the progress being made across the HS2 project.

“We now look forward to excavating the eastern section of the station box at Old Oak Common, which on completion, will become one of Britain’s largest, best connected and most sustainable railway stations.”

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