West London Orbital

The West London Alliance is working with the Mayor, Transport for London and Network Rail to take forward proposals for a new West London Orbital (WLO) rail service on existing, underused rail lines linking key growth areas in West London and giving people access to jobs and other opportunities in this fast-growing part of London.

The line would run from Hounslow and Kew Bridge towards Hendon and West Hampstead in the north, with stations at Brent Cross West, Cricklewood, Neasden, Harlesden, Old Oak, Acton Central, South Acton, Lionel Road (serving the new Brentwood Community Stadium), Brentford, Syon Lane and Isleworth. Part of the route would use the Dudding Hill line currently used for freight services only.


The WLO will:

  • Help bring forward 8,800-29,300 new homes and workspace for 23,000 new jobs
  • Reduce journey times for public transport journeys across west and north-west London
  • Ease crowding on congested rail and Tube lines
  • Give people much-needed transport choices that give real alternatives to travelling by car, encouraging a shift to more sustainable options which will help improve air quality.

The first phase of work to develop the business case for the WLO has just finished, with publication of a strategic outline business case. A second phase of work focussing on detailed feasibility issues is about to start. These pages explain the origins of the project, the work done so far and what has to be done to make the project a reality.

You can find out about the origins of the project here.