Futuristic images of a major new development built in one of Britain’s poorest neighbourhoods and around the nation’s first high-speed rail super hub were released today. The regeneration vision for Park Royal City shows 12,000 gleaming new homes, the opportunity for 115,000 extra jobs and a light-railway, dubbed the ‘jobs express’, built on an unrivalled convergence of transport routes in north-west London.
The artists’ impressions, which have been drawn up by internationally renowned architect Sir Terry Farrell, show vast tracts of derelict or underused industrial land - around Old Oak Common in NW10 - transformed into London’s newest city. The images show new homes, businesses and a new waterside park along the Grand Union Canal, known as Park Royal City, built around a 21st century transport super-hub. The vision is compared to others designed by Farrell in China - at Guangzhou, Kowloon and Beijing.
Around half of working-age adults within 1.2miles of the new city, including residents in the neighbouring boroughs of Brent, Ealing and K&C, are unemployed and some parts of Old Oak are in the bottom 1% of most deprived areas nationally. Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh, H&F Council Leader, says: “HS2 is the fastest way to deliver much needed new homes, jobs and opportunities in one of London's poorest areas as well as adding much need capacity to our creaking rail network.”
“The Old Oak super hub is vital to making the overall HS2 plans work properly as it will relieve pressure on central London terminals, like Euston, that will not be able to cope with the huge number of additional passengers on their own. In turn HS2 will be the catalyst to create Park Royal City - transforming the capital's Bermuda Triangle of inactivity into a thriving new city.”
The images were prepared as part of Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) Council’s submission to the Department for Transport (DfT) backing the Government’s plans for a high speed rail line (HS2) from Birmingham to London. H&F Council is arguing that Park Royal City International is vital to the success of HS2 as: It would take pressure off central London terminals like Euston which would have to cope with 13,000 extra passengers an hour without the high-speed hub at Old Oak; It would properly link four of the nation’s major airports to the high speed rail network for the first time. Heathrow would be just 11 minutes away. Three other airports (Luton, Stansted and City Airport) would be within 30 minutes; The site possesses unrivalled road and rail connections e.g. Great Western and West Coast mainlines, Crossrail, West and North London Lines, Bakerloo and Central Underground lines, Heathrow Express, A40 and North Circular Road