Suburban Orbital Transport

MQT on 2009-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2009
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Is the Mayor pleased the Brent Cross Cricklewood developers plan a new Thameslink station, four train lengths between two existing Thameslink stations? The boroughs of Brent and Barnet are both signatories to the North West London to Luton Corridor agreement, which highlights the need to improve east-west connections. Does the Mayor therefore think this is an opportunity to improve suburban orbital transport in North London? Will he uphold this manifesto aim in his response to Barnet and will he instruct Transport for London to meet with the Campaign for Better Transport to discuss undertaking a viability study for their Brent Light Rail scheme?


Answer for Suburban Orbital Transport

Answer for Suburban Orbital Transport

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am pleased that the proposals for Brent Cross Cricklewood include the building of a new Thameslink station. This will be an essential part of a wider package of public transport improvements needed to cater for the increase in travel associated with this substantial development proposal.

The rail line which passes through the Cricklewood corridor is a radial link. TfL has discussed the future operation of this line with Network Rail who have provided assurances that there is no reason why, subject to the necessary timetable changes, that all three stations cannot function in the future. The orbital links to the east and west are proposed to be improved by significantly enhancing the bus network and through new and improved bus and rail interchange.

As stated in Way to Go, I am interested in ideas to improve orbital transport in outer London. It clearly makes sense to examine the benefits of using existing or previously developed rail infrastructure for such purposes where this is possible. Such schemes will be considered as part of the development of my transport strategy.