Old Oak Common

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This article is about the area of London. For the ex-GWR locomotive depot, see Old Oak Common TMD. For the proposed HS2-Crossrail interchange station, see Old Oak Common railway station.
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
 Old Oak Common shown within Greater London
Population 9,175 
OS grid reference TQ216823
London borough Hammersmith & Fulham
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district NW10
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Hammersmith
London Assembly West Central
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Coordinates: 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 London between Harlesden and East Acton 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[1] 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 main lines from London Paddington: the Great Western Main Line (GWML) of 1838-1841 to Bristol Temple Meads railway station (passing through Slough, Reading and Swindon), and the 1903 New North Main Line (NNML) via Greenford to Northolt Junction, which is the start of the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway line, split at Old Oak junction.

Railway use[edit]

As of 2014 the GWML has a regular passenger service; the NNML (now partially singled) is used by freight trains and empty coaching stock movements with just one weekday passenger train each way between Gerrards Cross and London Paddington via West Ruislip.[2]

A station, to be known as 'Crossrail interchange', is proposed for interchange with the High Speed 2 line to Birmingham.[citation needed]

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.[3]


In December 2013, The Independent reported that Antony Spencer, Founder of Stadium Capital Development, is to head up a £5 Billion regeneration scheme in the area, with partner Queens Park Rangers. The proposal includes new homes, office,retail outlets, and a proposed football stadium for QPR.[4]

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation was established in 2015 to lead regeneration and planning work.