A £2bn plan to link towns in west London with a new underground rail line has been announced.
The proposed West London Orbital would feature driverless 'robot' trains and pick up passengers every three minutes from mini underground stations at rush hour.
Running between Surbiton and Brent Cross, the line would pass through a number of areas, including Brentford, and link with existing underground and overland routes.
The plan is the brainchild of West London Business (WLB), which claims the new route will potentially save west London from gridlock, economic stagnation and decay, and could be open in just 20 years.
Frank Wingate, CEO of West London Business, said: ''For the business sector in west London the worsening traffic congestion, hindering the flow of personnel and products, is the number one barrier to further growth and investment and represents a serious problem for west London's future economic sustainability.
WLB said an early study has shown any surface works and interruption to existing transport services will be kept to a minimum. It will now ask Transport for London to undertake a more detailed study into the costs, benefits and environmental impact, including land requirements.
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