Light Rail in London (3)

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


Is the mostly-public land between Brent Cross Northern Line station, via the shopping centre, to a possible 'New Cricklewood' London Overground station on the Thameslink line, and an extension south to the current 'Old Cricklewood' Thameslink station, a possible location for such a subsidy from government?


Answer for Light Rail in London (3)

Answer for Light Rail in London (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL is working with the London Borough of Barnet, Network Rail and other stakeholders on how best to serve the Brent Cross development by public transport. I believe the best way of doing this is to provide a major new station on the Thameslink route at Brent Cross, with good walking, cycling and bus links to the new town centre, the rest of the development and beyond.

A regular train service will be provided between this new station at Brent Cross and the existing Cricklewood station, and I see no need to duplicate this route. The GLA and TfL are working with Barnet Council to push the case for this scheme with central Government. I believe that an enterprise zone could be considered for the Brent Cross area to help pay for this. Having pressed the Government to support this initiative, I am encouraged by the Chancellor's reference to this scheme in his recent budget. Following this announcement, further discussion will take place with Barnet Council, GLA, TfL and the Government.