New rail line through Brent gets Mayor of London backing

9 March 2018

Plans for a new West London Orbital Railway have moved a step closer after the Mayor of London included the route in his 25-year transport strategy for London.


Discussed at a London Assembly meeting yesterday (Thursday 8 March) the strategy includes proposals to reopen the Dudden Hill Line to passenger traffic for the first time in over 100 years, to create an orbital rail line for London stretching from Hounslow to Hendon.


The report states 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 Dudden Hill line is used only occasionally by freight trains, although could accommodate passenger trains with journey times between Cricklewood and Acton of around 16 minutes, via a brand 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."