Hounslow Council has agreed to undertake a full business case to look at introducing a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) within the Great West Corridor (GWC).
Published: Thursday, 12th September 2019
The WPL would provide funding towards a new rail line between Brentford and Southall - bringing the benefits of the Elisabeth Line directly into the borough.
This decision follows the results of a public consultation which took place in the western section of the corridor between November 2018 and January 2019. Hounslow would be the first London local authority to move to this stage of the process. As part of the proposal, the council has also commissioned Network Rail to begin a detailed study (known as ‘GRIP 4’) on building the new train link from Brentford to Southall, following encouraging early studies into the feasibility of such a link.
Cllr Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport at Hounslow Council said: “Introducing a Workplace Parking Levy could form a key financing tool for improved public transport plus walking and cycling infrastructure in the Great West Corridor area. These outcomes would help reduce pollution, congestion and therefore help to improve quality of life for those who live or work in the borough as well as supporting new homes and jobs in a sustainable way without severe impact on the local highway network.
“A WPL is expected to help reduce traffic levels from the date of its implementation whilst further benefits will materialise on the introduction of the transport improvements it will help fund. The earliest this scheme could be in operation in the western area would be 2021”.