The Anonymous Widower

Hopes For West London Orbital Railway Consultation Later This Year

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Ian Visits.

The title says it all about the latest thinking for the creation of the West London Orbital Railway.

  • The cost/benefit ratio appears good.
  • Funding appears difficult given Transport for London’s finances.

This map from the Mayor’s Transport Strategy shows the route.

I’ve always believed that the line will give better access to Heathrow for workers and passengers, but with expansion at the Airport less likely to happen because of carbon emission issues, is this railway less likely to be created?

March 17, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | ,


  1. Probably more use, and certainly cheaper and more achievable, than CR2. However, the glaring hole in the public transport map in this area is a direct link from the south into Heathrow. I take your point on the possible reduction in the need for airport expansion, but Heathrow is more than just a passenger airport, it’s a massive hub for logistics and warehousing. The WLO, connecting with the yards at Brent and Acton etc, would be the ideal way of finally putting Heathrow on the railfreight map.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | March 17, 2021 | Reply

  2. CR2 in my view can be delayed.

    Have you seen this post?

    The WLO doesn’t go into Heathrow, buy it connects to a lot of links for the airport.

    Comment by AnonW | March 17, 2021 | Reply

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