Hounslow and Barnet Councils have welcomed the proposed West London Orbital rail line connecting west and north London, as outlined in the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy.
The proposed line would see a new route connecting Hounslow with Cricklewood, without the need for commuters to enter central London.
If agreed, the line would see direct connections from Hounslow to Isleworth, Brentford and Syon and through to Old Oak Common and the midland mainline. A new station is also proposed to help serve the new Brentford FC Stadium at Lionel Road.
Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “We welcome the Mayor’s ambitious Transport Strategy which provides us with a blueprint of how we can improve the travelling experience for residents, businesses and visitors.
“We are pleased that the Strategy proposes improved rail links to outer London areas which will no doubt encourage economic growth and new jobs and homes. If approved, this line will encourage more people to switch to sustainable transport options which will benefit generations to come.
“Hounslow has already made some bold changes to encourage less car use and more walking, cycling and use of public transport. We look forward to working with Transport for London to further improve the travelling experience for all who live, work and visit the borough.”
The Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Richard Cornelius said: “This is a genuinely exciting proposal and one that Barnet Council and its neighbouring west London boroughs have been championing for quite some time. There is a real need for improving rail connectivity between Barnet and west London boroughs. This will create jobs for local people and complement the exciting regeneration that is set to take place at Brent Cross Cricklewood.
“I’ve rarely seen a freight train using the existing Dudding Hill line. That gives me real hope that this project could become a reality sooner rather than later, due to the tracks already being in place.
“We will continue to work with our partners and neighbouring boroughs, as the plans for this new railway progress.”