West London business group campaigns for support for new rail service

Image above: A London Overground train

West London Alliance urge support for West London Orbital rail line

A business group dedicated to supporting the economic growth of west London has urged local residents and businesses to support proposals for the West London Orbital rail line.

The West London Alliance (WLA) is a public sector partnership between seven West London local authorities of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. The body was established to work across local authority boundaries to support west London’s economy.

The new public transport scheme would convert the existing 18.5km Dudding Hill line, which is currently used for freight, back to passenger use as a London Overground line. It would run from Hounslow through to a new stop at Lionel Road in Brentford, Acton, Old Oak Common and Neasden, with branches stretching both to West Hampstead and to Hendon as well as one connecting to Kew Bridge station.

The complete route would take just 37 minutes according to official estimates, drastically cutting journey times for passengers going from Hounslow up to Hendon, as it removes the need to travel into central London and back out, which takes around 90 minutes. The service was first proposed by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in his 2018 Transport Strategy.

In a call to support the proposed rail scheme, WLA said “poor orbital transport connections” are holding west London back. WLA urged its readers to “make their voices heard” on the contended benefits of the scheme.

Image above: West London Orbital proposed route

Journeys to other parts of west London are “cumbersome, congested, costly”

The WLA statement reads:

“Our boroughs will need to provide much of London’s housing and jobs growth over the coming decades – but journeys from one part of west London to another are cumbersome, congested and costly…

“Alongside investing in existing transport links in west London – building on initiatives such as the Superloop – there is a need for transformative infrastructure investment to meet the needs of residents and businesses and underpin future prosperity.

“West London boroughs, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority are working in partnership to develop the 18.5km scheme and work is progressing well. But we know that, to make the West London Orbital a reality, we will need support and co-investment from Government – and to get it, West Londoners will need to make their voices heard.”

WLA have released a brochure on the scheme and urged readers to share it with their local networks

You can read the brochure by clicking here.

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