A campaign to build a tramline through Barnet is underway.

Though in very early stages, the light railway would run from Ealing Broadway, to Finchley via Brent Cross, West Hendon and Colindale.

A separate branch would run from Finchley Road through West Hampstead and Cricklewood before joining up at Brent Cross.

It would provide residents with a link to the development around Wembley Stadium and the proposed Crossrail, connecting West London with East London and Essex. The project is estimated to cost £16 billion.

Now a network of cross-party politicians, environmentalists and transport groups are hoping to drum up support in a bid to win funding for the large-scale project.

The light-rail, or electric tram, will ease road congestion as well as reduce climate change, say the Campaign for Better Transport backed by Barnet councillors Geof Cooke, Labour, and Conservative John Hart.

In Barnet Council’s Local Development Framework, published in June last year, poor transport links within the borough were identified as a key challenge in the borough’s growth.

A meeting to discuss the plans is to be held at Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetstone, this Wednesday at 7.30pm.