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Golden Mile opportunity area revealed

Fri 10 October 2014, 11:08 am

The “vision and concept masterplan” for a new Greater London Authority-designated opportunity area called the Golden Mile, around the Great West Road linking London to Heathrow airport, was revealed last night (9 October).

The view from Kew Gate, image c/o Urban Initiatives

The plan includes a new overground railway station at Brentford, linked via an existing freight line to Crossrail and to HS2 at Old Oak Common.

Consultant Urban Initiatives unveiled the plan at a special event hosted by the University of West London, which is based on the Great West Road. The opportunity area will feature a “digital and media district” called Blue Sky, clustered around BskyB’s expanded campus; waterside recreation and leisure development at Brentford Lock North; a Golden Gate at the point the M4 motorway meets the Great West Road; and a mixed-use quarter at Kew Gate, around Kew Bridge Station and Brentford Football Club’s new stadium.

 “Not since its conception in 1925 has a coherent, overarching vision for the Golden Mile corridor been considered,” said Urban Initiatives consultant director Kelvin Campbell.

The projects will deliver 28,700 new and consolidated jobs and 1,580 new homes. “This is on a scale to rival Earl’s Court or King’s Cross,” Campbell added. “These are big projects. The big chunk of development around Brentford’s stadium is on a similar scale to the Emirates Stadium.

Describing planned new transport links, he said: “The single biggest issue is how poorly-located this place is. It suffers from poor public transport access and hence congestion on the roads.”

The area would capitalise on Crossrail, he suggested, linking Southall Crossrail Station to a new station at Brentford, which would also link to HS2 at Old Oak Common.

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