Old Oak Common

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Old Oak Common
Old Oak Common Railway Maintenance Depot - geograph.org.uk - 550702.jpg
Old Oak Common Railway Maintenance Depot
Old Oak Common is located in Greater London
Old Oak Common
Old Oak Common
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ216823
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtNW10
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°31′28″N 0°14′32″W / 51.5244°N 0.2421°W / 51.5244; -0.2421Coordinates: 51°31′28″N 0°14′32″W / 51.5244°N 0.2421°W / 51.5244; -0.2421

Old Oak Common is an area of West London, between Harlesden and East Acton.

Together with neighbouring Park Royal, the area is intended to become the UK's largest regeneration scheme,[1] the scale of which has led to Park Royal and Old Oak Common being described as a potential "Canary Wharf of West London".[2][3]

The area is traditionally known for its railway depots, particularly Old Oak Common TMD. Further south lies an open area, Wormwood Scrubs Park, and Wormwood Scrubs prison. Willesden Junction station lies to the north of the area. In the mid nineteenth century it was a centre for pig farming.


Originally, Old Oak Common was a stretch of land defined by what became the Harrow Road at its northern end, and its eastern edge was the northern source of Stamford Brook, forming a boundary with Wormwood Scrubs. By 1801,[4] the Paddington Canal had cut it in half, further reducing its size. With the coming of the railways, most of the common was lost and what remained became part of Wormwood Scrubs.

The Great Western Railway's Great Western Main Line (GWML) of 1838-1841 from London Paddington to Bristol and the 1903 Acton-Northolt line to the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway at Northolt divided at Old Oak junction.

The partially singled Acton-Northolt line closed in December 2018 to allow for the construction of Old Oak Common railway station, which will offer interchange between GWML trains, the Elizabeth line and the High Speed 2 (HS2) line heading north. Additional rail interchanges may be provided with the construction of two new London Overground stations, Hythe Road on the West London line and Old Oak Common Lane on the North London line.[5][6]

In summer 2011, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham launched a wide-ranging 'Park Royal City' plan for Old Oak Common, including the proposed station, and with light-rail lines to the surrounding areas.[7]


In December 2013, The Independent reported that Antony Spencer, Founder of Stadium Capital Development, was to head up a £5 billion regeneration scheme in the area, with partner Queens Park Rangers. The proposal included new homes, office, retail outlets, and a proposed football stadium for QPR.[8][needs update]

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation was established in 2015 to lead regeneration and planning work for an area covering Old Oak Common and much of the Park Royal area. The combined redevelopment area is envisaged to provide 65,000 new jobs and 25,000 new homes.[9]

The engineering plans were revealed in 2018 showing a station at Old Oak Common for HS2, the high speed line running from London to Birmingham. Passengers using HS2 will be able to disembark at Old Oak Common and interchange with the Elizabeth line, Chiltern Railways and Great Western Railway services. The station will have a capacity for around 100 million passengers, rivalling London Waterloo in Central London.[10]


  1. ^ From GLA website https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/organisations-we-work/old-oak-and-park-royal-development-corporation-opdc/about-opdc/opd-15
  2. ^ Evening Standard article on the potential of the area https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/famous-institution-will-move-to-old-oak-common-culture-zone-a3166166.html
  3. ^ Financial Times article on the area https://www.ft.com/content/a73f05a6-a19f-11e4-bd03-00144feab7de
  4. ^ Paddington Canal#The branches
  5. ^ "First glimpse of how two new London Overground stations could look". Evening Standard. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Have your say on two potential new London Overground stations at Old Oak". TfL Consultation Hub. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Launch of 'Park Royal City'". London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. Archived from the original on 17 October 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  8. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/football-league/qpr-club-announce-exciting-plans-for-a-new-40000seat-stadium-in-old-oak-to-cement-their-place-in-west-london-9002317.html
  9. ^ From GLA website - vision for the area https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/organisations-we-work/old-oak-and-park-royal-development-corporation-opdc/about-opdc/opdc-vision-and-mission
  10. ^ https://www.newcivilengineer.com/tech-excellence/engineering-plans-for-hs2-old-oak-common-station-revealed/10029616.article