Commitment to West London Orbital rail line

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A new West London Orbital rail line has been included in a revised 25-year Transport Strategy for the city.

Its addition follows a public consultation. The document describes an extension of the Overground network connecting Hounslow with Cricklewood and Hendon via Old Oak, Neasden and Brent Cross.

The line would reinstate a regular passenger service on the Dudding Hill line, which links Acton and Cricklewood.

A press release distributed by the office of London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “This new line, delivered through TfL, the West London Alliance, boroughs and Network Rail, could potentially support the delivery of an additional 20,000 homes, as well as employment growth in west London.”

As well as an extension of the Overground and committed schemes like the Elizabeth line, Northern line extension and Bakerloo line extension, the strategy includes a proposal to develop plans for the Sutton Tram extension.

The strategy also reiterates the mayor’s desire to see London’s suburban rail services devolved from the Department for Transport (DfT) to Transport for London (TfL).

The strategy will be presented to the London Assembly for consideration next week.

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