Study to explore adding Crossrail station at Kensal Rise
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.