Light-rail line at Old Oak Common

Meeting: 
MQT on 2011-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2011
Reference: 
2011/3961
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Light-rail lines at Old Oak Common are indicated in the LB of Hammersmith & Fulham's promotional video. Nearby is an orbital railway across Brent, called the Dudding Hill Freight Line.

Will the Mayor pressure Network Rail to maintain the widest range of future options for this line (including use by London Overground trains, by partial single-track segregation for DLR-type trains, and by day-time/night-time separation for light-rail and heavy freight trains, as in the north-east of England)?

Answer

Answer for Light-rail line at Old Oak Common

Answer for Light-rail line at Old Oak Common

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes. In consultations affecting the Dudding Hill line, I will actively seek for plans to maintain all realistic potential future options for using the line.

I support greater orbital connectivity to the proposed HS2 station at Old Oak Common.  My response to the consultation on the new high speed line earlier this year highlighted some of the routes that could be linked to Old Oak Common and this included the option of providing services on the Dudding Hill line. I envisage that the links would be provided by heavy rail services rather than light rail, but it would not be appropriate to rule out any solutions at this early stage of planning.

It will be important that the Dudding Hill line remains available for freight services and this is likely to be necessary during the day as well as overnight. Any solution will therefore need to ensure that passenger services can operate alongside freight services.