Brent Cross - light rail

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1384
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will you support the passive provision of feasible routes for light-rail in Brent Cross Phase One, including increasing the total span of new cross-North Circular Road bridges?

Answer

Answer for Brent Cross - light rail

Answer for Brent Cross - light rail

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There have been aspirations for many years to provide a light rail system in north west London serving Brent Cross. While improving links in outer London between locations such as Ealing, Wembley, Finchley and Brent Cross is desirable, particularly with the Brent Cross regeneration, I have seen no compelling evidence why light rail is the best way of providing these links. Indeed, given the scale of works necessary to build such a scheme, and the operating and maintenance costs it would entail, it is likely that a light rail scheme would be unaffordable.

TfL will continue to work with London Borough of Barnet, Network Rail and other stakeholders to ensure the Brent Cross development is well served by public transport, and as such we are focusing our efforts on delivering a new bus station on the site and a new Thameslink Station as well.

If any light rail system were to be built in the future, it would be likely that an entirely new bridge over the North Circular road would be required, built to different standards and potentially at a different location than the current bridges.