West London is projected to see population growth of over 400,000 and a quarter of a million jobs by the 2040s. If growth on this scale is to be delivered sustainably, it must be supported by the physical, social, digital and green infrastructure needed to ensure the people living, working, visiting and studying here have an excellent quality of life and it provides a place to do business fit for the 21st century economy.
There is also an urgent need to tackle existing problems of congestion, poor accessibility (particularly orbital transport links), energy resilience and access to digital infrastructure meeting modern standards. Delays on West London's main orbital roads alone costs users £80 million every year.
Through the WLA, West London boroughs are identifying infrastructure priorities and working together to make sure a robust and convincing case is made for investment. This involves lobbying national government and agencies, the Mayor and Transport for London to ensure West London priorities are identified in their investment programmes and strategies. It also involves looking at more locally-based options for delivering priorities.
West London Orbital
A key priority is delivery of the West London Orbital (WLO) railway line which will link West Hampstead and Hendon to Hounslow, with stations at Brent Cross, Neasden, Harlesden, Old Oak, Acton and Brentford. It will link major development opportunities at Brent Cross/Cricklewood, Staples Corner, Neasden, Old Oak/Park Royal and the Great West Corridor.