Bringing a controversial Crossrail 2 station to the King’s Road would produce “greater benefits”, according to a report published by Transport for London (TfL).
The report, which outlines TfL’s response to the issues raised in the Autumn 2015 Crossrail 2 consultation, claims that a King’s Road station would be preferable to an Imperial Wharf option.
TfL’s Crossrail 2 consultation was a joint project by TfL and Network Rail last year which received nearly 21,000 responses. One of the most important issues addressed was the new station locations, but people were equally concerned about potential changes to existing National Rail services.
The report rules out any plans to close the King’s road, which was also an issue that particularly concerned local residents and business owners.
Important analysis within the TfL report explains that a station at Imperial Wharf would also require a ventilation shaft to be sited in the King’s Road area anyway.
The King’s Road station would, according to the TfL report, “improve community access to Tube and rail services, in an area where current service levels are low in comparison to similar inner London locations.”
A new station would “also improve connectivity to the Royal Brompton and Royal Marsden hospitals and provide access to the existing retail and commercial developments along King’s Road.”
TfL’s Managing Director for Crossrail 2, Michèle Dix, said: `Taking into account the views of people along the length of the proposed route is an integral part of our design process for Crossrail 2. It helps ensure we can design a railway that not only meets the strategic needs of the scheme but the local needs of the people it will serve.”
Michèle adds: “Crossrail 2 is absolutely vital to meet the increasing demands of the rapidly growing population of London and the South East” as it will “help support hundreds of thousands of new homes and jobs across the region.”
“We will continue to work in partnership with local communities in the months and years ahead so that we maximise these benefits and preserve and enhance areas along the proposed route.”
Chris Curtis, Network Rail’s Head of Crossrail 2, said: “The responses to the consultation are helping us develop our proposals further. This work will continue to make sure that the benefits of Crossrail 2 spread right out across London, Surrey, Hertfordshire and beyond.”
Looking beyond the Royal Borough, TfL’s report also points out that London’s population is set to reach ten million people by 2030, up from 8.6 million people today. Crossrail 2 would, the report says, help to reduce overcrowding on the already overcrowded District line services and stations.
Councillor Tim Coleridge, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s (RBKC) Cabinet Member for Planning Policy and Transport, said: “I hope that this report eases the concerns that some people had about the local impact a Crossrail station would have on the King’s Road.
“Contrary to what residents have been told in the past few months the road itself will not need to close and TfL has stated that this part of Chelsea is poorly served by public transport. The pressure an increasing population will bring on Tube and bus services means that we cannot expect existing infrastructure, even with some technical upgrades, to deliver what we will need in years to come.”
“A Crossrail 2 station on the King’s Road will be a huge investment in the future of Chelsea and the quality of life of people who live and work there.”