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"Giving the iRail 2012 Distinguished Lecture – ‘Designing High Speed Rail for Britain’ – Professor McNaughton ... said that London was the 'only true metropolis in Europe', and that it was necessary to be able to distribute people to all parts of the metropolitan area.
"This explained the plan for a major interchange station at Old Oak Common, just west of Paddington, which would enable passengers for the west and east of central London to continue their journeys with one simple change to Crossrail, while passengers heading north or south would continue to Euston. [Don't forget north and south at Old Oak!]
"... In support of the Old Oak Common plans, he said that the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham was regarding the development not just as a railway interchange, but as a West London equivalent of the Docklands regeneration area."