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Brent Council leader calls for Crossrail in Wembley

PUBLISHED: 12:34 29 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:34 29 February 2016

Cllr Muhammed Butt told an economic growth conference he would like to see Crossrail extended to Wembley and Old Oak Common

Cllr Muhammed Butt told an economic growth conference he would like to see Crossrail extended to Wembley and Old Oak Common

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The leader of Brent Council has called for a Crossrail link between Old Oak Common and Wembley to better connect the borough’s growing population to the rest of the capital.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin views construction work at the Bond Street station Crossrail site in London with Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan (Pic:Stefan Roussea/PA Images) Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin views construction work at the Bond Street station Crossrail site in London with Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan (Pic:Stefan Roussea/PA Images)

Speaking alongside council chiefs at a conference in central London on Friday, Cllr Muhammed Butt, said he wants to see the £14.8billion Crossrail train line extended to Brent, connecting commuters to Reading in the West and Abbey Wood in the East.

There have been no detailed proposals yet, but it is thought Cllr Butt could enter into discussions with bosses of the major infrastructure plan or its successor project, Crossrail 2, which has a provisional £27bn price tag, about the idea.

The calls came after research by property group Bilfinger GVA showed London’s economic growth is increasingly spreading from the city centre to outer London, bringing with it growing populations and investment.

Cllr Butt said: “With the central London economy expanding outwards, we think that a Crossrail link between Old Oak Common and Wembley would make perfect sense and should be brought forward in the future to unlock further opportunities.”

Crossrail worker Sam Agyeman, inspects the first completed section of Crossrail tunnel, after tunnelling machine Phyllis completed the 6.8 kilometre, 18-month journey between Royal Oak and Farringdon (Pic: PA Images/ Sean Dempsey) Crossrail worker Sam Agyeman, inspects the first completed section of Crossrail tunnel, after tunnelling machine Phyllis completed the 6.8 kilometre, 18-month journey between Royal Oak and Farringdon (Pic: PA Images/ Sean Dempsey)

The event, held at the offices of Bilfinger GVA, was attended by Sir Edward Lister, London’s Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning and the heads of Haringey Council and Ealing Council.

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