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Friday25 July 2014

Study to explore adding Crossrail station at Kensal Rise

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Kensington & Chelsea Council has authorised a £55,000 feasibility study into building an extra Crossrail station in west London.

The council wants to persuade transport chiefs to create a station at Kensal Rise, close to Paddington, arguing it could take advantage of a “turning line” being built to the area to allow trains to change direction at the end of the London stretch of the line.

After 18 months of negotiation, the council has agreed to fund a study into the impact on timetabling and service of adding the station.

Councillor Merrick Cockell, leader of the council, said: ”We believe that we have a very strong case for a station and thousands of new homes and jobs will be created in a deprived part of the borough if our plans succeed.”

But critics point out that while the plans for Kensal Rise are embryonic the rest of the design of the line is well advanced – and there is also no agreement as to who would pay for an extra station.

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  • As Ward Councillor for this site I find it quite bizarre that the Council is funding yet another report on the same issues. We have already discovered that it is quite impossible to make a station financially viable; two-thirds of the site cannot be built on due to HSE rulings; and we have just had an application in for a massive electricity sub-station on part of the site, right next to our beautiful canal, that would curse this area forever. We desperately need regeneration that will improve the lives and prospects of our poorest residents and revitalise Portobello and Golborne Markets, but having read the existing reports, it would take a miracle to get a station here.
    Councillor Emma Dent Coad, Golborne Ward

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