Orbital for the East

Westlondontube The Mayor of London is reported to be in talks to secure the funding for the East London Line extension, but no mention is made of the West London Orbital.

Construction News reports that members of the London Assembly’s Transport Committee have met with Mayor of London Boris Johnson to urge him to step up efforts to secure funding for the second phase of the East London Line extension.

The magazine reports that the Mayor is currently discussing options with Transport for London and the Department for Transport to identify funding for Phase 2, which would extend the East London Line from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction and complete the vision of an orbital railway for London.

While the full scheme cost is calculated at £105 million, changes to the scope and other identified savings mean the actual grant funding needed to facilitate Phase 2 by 2011 is £24 million. 

No mention is made in the report of any attempt to force the issue of the proposed West London Orbital ‘tube’ line onto the Mayor’s agenda. West London Business advanced made the £1.75bn proposal, which would link Kingston to Brent Cross via a wide selection of West London transport hubs. They included mention of it in their recent response to the Mayor’s planning paper.

However, these reports suggest it is neither on the TfL agenda, or the Mayor’s, and that to make it so West London Business will need more support from occupiers and developers in the sub-region.

See previous lookwest coverage of the West London Orbital. 

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