Barnet says no to Brent Cross Light Rail

brent cross light railBarnet Council has said it has no interest in pursuing the development of a light railway in North West London.

The proposed light railway has been given support by both Brent and Ealing Council’s, reports the Kilburn Times, but Barnet have now said that “Any such railway scheme would be a high-risk project that we would have little interest in pursuing.”

The extensive network for the light railway has been proposed by London’s Better Transport Group. It would, they say, mitigate the massive traffic impact of the Brent Cross Cricklewood plans. These could produce an extra 133,000 people and 29,000 extra vehicles travelling into the area each weekday.

They say a new rail line would connect and improve access to the existing Brent Cross tube station and a planned new Thameslink station, both “rather remotely sited on the edge of the development”. Their proposals would see the line continue south to Park Royal, linking large parts of Barnet, Brent and Ealing, using existing underused railway lines and connecting the Northern, Central, Jubilee, Piccadilly and Bakerloo Tube lines, the overground and Thameslink.

The initial line from Brent Cross to Park Royal could eventually be part of an extensive network (pictured).

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