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Khan asserts commitment to West London Overground extension in transport strategy

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has this week reasserted his commitment to a West London Orbital rail line as he announced his transport strategy for the next 25 years.

The announcement follows a draft plan being submitted in June this year, and after 6,500 responses to the public, the mayor has announced major commitments to London’s rail network including the Overground extension to west London and a specific proposal for the Sutton Tram extension.

As outlined in summer 2017, new Tube tans and signalling will be delivered, and the importance of Crossrail 2 to the capital was also emphasised once again.

However the full strategy also sets out potential for the West London Orbital rail line, which would connect Hounslow with Cricklewood and Hendon via Old Oak, Neasden and Brent Cross.

The plan reasserted the importance of the Elizabeth Line, Northern Line extension, Crossrail 2, Bakerloo Line extension and the Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf crossing to London.

“I’m delighted that thousands of Londoners have got involved and given us their feedback on the future of transport in London over the coming decades,” the mayor of London commented.

“I’ve been clear that we need to be bold in how our city operates as London’s population grows, and this means not only investing record amounts in new infrastructure like extensions to the tube, rail and Crossrail 2, but working with boroughs and local communities to reduce our reliance on car use across London.”

The West London Alliance, who will work with TfL and London Government to oversee the West London Orbital Rail Line also welcomed the news.

Councillor Julian Bell, chair of the West London Economic Prosperity Board explained: “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.”

Responding to the strategy overall, Val Shawcross, deputy mayor for transport, stated: “Our ambitious strategy for the next 25 years shows how we can provide affordable, accessible and world-class transport for every Londoner, while ensuring our transport network acts as a huge catalyst for new jobs and homes across the capital.”

And London’s transport commissioner Mike Brown added: “Transport is vital to the success of a city. The capital’s population is expected to rise to 10.8 million people by 2041 – creating six million additional journeys every day.

“This bold strategy sets out how London can prosper as it grows over the next two decades, supported by huge improvements to the transport system and the mayor’s vision for active, affordable, efficient and sustainable transport.”

Top image: John Stillwell, PA Wire


Andrew Gwilt   01/03/2018 at 12:50

What if London Overground where to take over and operate on the West Ealing-Greenford Branch Line. Will that happen Mr Khan? Or will Chiltern Railways take over the Greenford branch line and to use their Class 166’s or Class 168’s. When the Elizabeth Line is fully operational from late this year. That Elizabeth Line trains will stop at West Ealing. The West London Orbital Rail Line is a good idea for parts of Northwest London, West London and Southwest London. With the electrification on the freight only Dudding Hill Line between Acton and Cricklewood that could happen if it does get approval from DfT, TfL and Network Rail.

Lutz   01/03/2018 at 15:59

The last time I heard about the "West London Orbital Railway" it was a GBP 2 bn project to link Kingston, Ealing and various points north. A strategy for the next 25 years, but he will be out of office by then and the next Mayor, as all of the other before them, will have their own vision. So cutting through the fluff, how much money is going to be available for these aspirations given that TfL will not have a balanced budget over the next few years and the fall in patronage is undermining existing patronage projections? How about adding interchanges between the Overground and various existing lines? Still no progress on that. 6,500 out of near 10 million (more if you add the populations for centres that would come under TfL remit as part of his devolution proposals); not much of an engagement. I wonder how many of them are party members?

Boris   01/03/2018 at 17:02

Now why would the Mayor of London respond to you personally on the comments section of a *professional* rail website?

Melvyn   01/03/2018 at 18:54

Given the way Chris Grayling has reneged on pledges to transfer services to Mayoral/ TFL control when franchises are renewed then expansion of TFL services is one way to grow TFL until another Transport Secretary is appointed ( Afterall TS are like buses and their will be another one soon ...) . The Dudding Hill plan has been active for several years now and with the major development of Old Oak Common together with HS2 , Crossrail and other rail upgrades then this scheme adds connections in west London building an equivalent to the DLR in east London .

Jimbo   01/03/2018 at 19:09

Having a strategy for new projects is good, but not having a strategy for paying it, lets it all down. Like all the other regional transport strategies, they are expecting the UK government to pay for it, rather than the local residents or the users. If you want responsibility for local transport devolved to you, then you should expect to have to pay for the projects. Of course, it is all politics - the mayor can say they support all these projects, but central government won't pay for them.

Andrew Gwilt   01/03/2018 at 23:22

@Boris. Keep your business to yourself. It’s like you have a issue with me no matter what I say. We all have different opinions.

Theresa   02/03/2018 at 07:31

Boris “Johnson” certainly doesn’t keep his business to himself.

Andrew Gwilt   02/03/2018 at 10:55

@Boris. I now accept that all my opinions are stupid.

Lutz   02/03/2018 at 11:04

@Melvyn:- There was no pledge on the part of the DfT to transfer services to TfL - that all originated with TfL. Until there are reasonable answers to the issues raised it would not be feasible to transfer the services.

Boris & Theresa   05/03/2018 at 15:19

Attention seeking.

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