The West London Alliance group of councils has been successful in its bid to persuade the Mayor of London to prioritise creating a new West London Orbital Rail Line connecting Hounslow with Cricklewood and Hendon via Old Oak, Neasden and Brent Cross.
The work has been led by the West London Economic Prosperity Board, a cross-party joint committee of council leaders working together to promote the economic success of the sub-region and its many communities.
The scheme could potentially support the delivery of an additional 20,000 homes, as well as significant employment growth in west London, and enable travellers to easily and quickly access both the new Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) and High Speed 2. It will allow people to get from Barnet to the new jobs and homes at Park Royal in only 12 minutes, and to Hounslow in less than 40 minutes.
The line, which will form part of the London Overground network, follows the route of the North Circular Road and the M4 and will help travellers to get around quickly, cost effectively, and without needing to rely on the congested road network as London’s population approaches 10 million in the coming years.
The West London Alliance will now work with London Government, TfL and Network Rail to bring this scheme forward to reality.
Councillor Julian Bell, Chair of the West London Economic Prosperity Board said: “This is a major victory for the boroughs across West London, and for London as a whole. It is a testament to what we can achieve when we work together around a shared vision for growth.
“The West London Orbital Rail Line will unlock huge opportunities for residents and businesses. It will also allow people from all our communities to get around without being reliant on the heavily congested road network and help to reduce levels of air pollution.”