Brent Council has welcomed the inclusion of the proposed West London Orbital rail line in the Mayor of London’s transport strategy.
The proposals to reopen the Dudding Hill Line to passenger traffic for the first time in over 100 years, would create an orbital rail line for London stretching from Hounslow to Hendon.
The Mayor’s strategy says that the new line, which would be delivered through TfL, Network Rail and the West London Alliance – of which Brent Council is a member – could potentially support the delivery of an additional 20,000 homes, as well as employment growth in west London.
At the moment, the Dudding Hill line is used only occasionally by freight trains, although it could accommodate passenger trains with journey times between Cricklewood and Acton of around 16 minutes, via the new rail interchange at Old Oak Common, where Crossrail and HS2 will meet.
Welcoming the West London Orbital Railway’s inclusion in the Mayor’s transport strategy, Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt, said: “Having a West London orbital railway line would be a huge boost for businesses and help to create new jobs in the area.
“We think that it’s a feasible project as the train lines are already in place and we are exploring battery powered trains among the options that are available.”
“Such a train line would also help relieve congestion on roads and pressures on other existing lines, cutting journey times in and around London, while providing a cleaner, greener and more sustainable mode of transport for west London, with new step-free stations along the line that are accessible for everyone.”