About HS2 Crossover Box and Vent Shaft

HS2 is a new high speed railway linking up London, the Midlands, the North and Scotland serving over 25 stations, including eight of Britain’s 10 largest cities and connecting around 30 million people.

The construction of the new railway is split into three phases – Phase One linking London and the West Midlands; Phase 2a linking the West Midlands and the North via Crewe; and Phase 2b completing the railway to Manchester and Leeds.

Located near Old Oak Common station, this site will house a huge 130m long and 24m deep underground box, which is currently being built. It will house a crossover mechanism that will allow HS2 trains to switch between tracks, up to a design speed of 62 mp/h, as they leave to and from Old Oak Common.

SCS is a joint venture between three companies: Skanska, Costain and STRABAG (SCS). Together they are working to deliver the London Tunnels of HS2. This covers the portion of the journey from Northolt to Euston, via Old Oak Common. In order to achieve this, SCS will be operating seven tunnel boring machines (TBMs) to dig the 21km of tunnel required over the southern section of HS2.


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You will get a glimpse behind the hoardings to see what happens on a major construction site. From the top of our viewing platform you will get a great view of the HS2 work going on in the Old Oak Common area, seeing the crossover box that will allow trains to switch tracks before arriving at Old Oak Common station. You will also get to speak to the site team about their career and how they got into the industry. This is arguably the most exciting part of the HS2 programme, supporting the regeneration of the Old Oak and Park Royal Area. This is bigger than they first phase of Canary Wharf so come on down and take a look!

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About HS2

HS2 is a new high speed railway linking up London, the Midlands, the North and Scotland serving over 25 stations including eight of Britain’s 10 largest cities and connecting around 30 million people.

The construction of the new railway is split into three phases – Phase One linking London and the West Midlands; Phase 2a linking the West Midlands and the North via Crewe; and Phase 2b completing the railway to Manchester and Leeds.


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