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March 2013

Supporting Kensal Crossrail

The Council is campaigning for a Crossrail station to be built in North Kensington. The case for a new station is strong and the Council has committed to underwrite the £33m construction costs.

The station is backed by businesses and trade associations, housing associations, residents' groups, and community organisations. Supporters include Kensington and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, National Grid, Portobello Antiques Dealers' Association, Cath Kidston and Sainsbury's.

There is also cross-party support for the plans with MPs Karen Buck, Sarah Teather, Matthew Hancock and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, and London Assembly member Jenny Jones, all behind a new station. London Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse described the case for the station as “overwhelming” and asked the following question to the Mayor of London:

"Given that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is now willing to underwrite the entire cost, what objection does the Mayor believe could there possibly be to building a Crossrail station at Kensal Green?"

You can watch a video of the Mayor’s response and the subsequent discussion during the debate at City Hall from 2h05m38s.

You can also read two reports by economic analysts Regeneris. The first shows that Kensal in North Kensington has a stronger case for a Crossrail station than any other location outside east London. The second estimates that a station could be worth £690 million to the local economy and could create 2,000 jobs.

Show your support for Kensal Crossrail by emailing crossrail@rbkc.gov.uk and liking our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KensalCrossrail

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How else can I support Crossrail at Kensal?

Who is already supporting the station?

 

Watch our film:

Local people state the case for a Crossrail station in North Kensington

 

 

Why Kensal Crossrail?

The northernmost wards of North Kensington are officially amongst the most deprived places in the whole of England. Residents here live, on average, ten years fewer than those in the rest of the borough.

The number of economically active people is significantly lower than the borough and national averages; the number of unemployed is significantly higher. Public transport is patchy. Parts of the area score just one out of six for public transport accessibility, the kind of score more usually associated with suburban fringes than city centres.

At the centre of this disadvantaged area sits a major brownfield site as big as the King’s Cross regeneration zone. The site consists of the old Kensal Gasworks, a Sainsbury’s supermarket and a former Eurostar depot. All together these make some 67 acres capable of accommodating more than 2,500 new homes, plus a range of new businesses and community facilities.

 

To find out more please read our brochure outlining our case for a Crossrail station. [PDF] (file size 273Kb)

Please also see the Cabinet report on underwriting the costs of a Crossrail station. [PDF] (file size 119Kb)

 

Kensal

Our policy has long been to narrow the opportunity gap between the north of the borough and the rest of Kensington and Chelsea. That’s why we are building a new academy and replacing our leisure centre. It’s why we are rebuilding primary schools and improving parks and it’s also why we have championed the wholesale redevelopment of the Wornington Green estate close to the Crossrail site.

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In 2009 the Mayor of London accepted the Council’s invitation to visit the Kensal site. Having heard our case he set us three tests. The station must not

-delay construction

- compromise rail performance

- add costs

We now meet those tests. Our advice suggests a station could indeed be built without affecting the overall construction timetable providing the Crossrail authorities give us the green light early enough in the construction process.

 

We have also commissioned experts to carry out modelling work into the impact of a station on rail performance. We have handed over our report to Network Rail, much encouraged that the study has not found that a station would cause delays. In fact it showed that a station could well give Crossrail valuable flexibility in responding to incidents.

 

Finally the Council has taken the cost issue out of the equation altogether by underwriting the cost of the station. That cost is likely to be in the region of £33 million, a huge sum for a local authority. But we believe that the development potential of Kensal is strong enough for that money to be recovered via planning agreements with the developers.

 

Speaking to the CBI in 2010, the Prime Minister addressed the economic challenges facing Britain and asked the question: Where is the growth going to come from – where are the jobs going to come from? It was clear from that speech, and from the National Infrastructure Plan and the Plan for Growth that have emerged since then, that the Government believes the answer lies in investment, infrastructure, development and enterprise. We think Kensal Crossrail provides those benefits to the economy, in fact we think it would be difficult to find a project that chimes more perfectly with national policy.

 

How to lend your support

If you wish to give your support to Kensal Crossrail you can do so by writing to:

Boris Johnson
Mayor of London
Greater London Authority
City Hall
The Queen's Walk
London SE1 2AA

mayor@london.gov.uk

 

The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP
Secretary of State for Transport
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
London SW1P 4DR

 

 

To join our list of supporters, email crossrail@rbkc.gov.uk

Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KensalCrossrail

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Our supporters

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Member of Parliament for Kensington

Kit Malthouse, London Deputy Mayor

Sarah Teather, Member of Parliament for Brent Central

Karen Buck, Member of Parliament for Westminster North

Matthew Hancock, Member of Parliament for West Suffolk

Jenny Jones, Leader of the Green Party in the London Assembly

Brent Council

Cllr Nick Botterill, Leader of London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Cllr Victoria Borwick AM

The Kensington and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce

Sainsbury's

The Ballymore Group

National Grid

Portobello Antiques Dealers' Association

Cath Kidston Ltd

Westway Development Trust

Electronic Theatre Controls Ltd

Courier Systems

Octavia Housing

Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation

Westfield Close Residents' Association

Catalyst Housing Group

Nu-Line Builders Merchants Ltd

The Sheppard Trust

Kensington Housing Trust

Notting Hill Housing

Talbot House Resident's Association

Affinity Sutton

Cornerstones

Naturalmat

White Knight Laundry Services Ltd

Talk Together London C.I.C.

Cubic Transportation Systems Ltd

Octavia West Residents’ Association

Avalon Entertainment Limited

True Associates Limited

Retrouvius

St Helen’s Residents’ Association

Viridian Housing

Tom Dixon

Green Row

Personal Presentation Ltd

Arneway Housing

Kell Skött Haircare

Quad Projects (Notting Hill) Ltd

f11 Collective

St Quintin Park Residents Association        

Vicki Laville-Davies, Director, Dalgarno Neighbourhood Trust

Paul Redfern, Trustee of the Dalgarno Neighbourhood Trust and hon sec of the Peabody Estate Tenants' Association

Dominic Smith, Headteacher, Middle Row Primary School

Ivor Flint, W10

Michael O'Keeffe

Matt Gooderick

Stanley FitzGerald

Phil Carraro, SW7

Leonard Holdsworth

Oliver Mosley

Father A.B. Andrews, The Anglican Parish of St Michael and All Angels

Fred Beasant

Yves J.M. Bonavero, Chairman, Woodsford Consulting Limited

Ezzat Jalili

Mark Barr, Chairman, Portobello & Golborne Management Committee

Jordan Swinscoe

Sean Canning, Director, North Kensington Law Centre

Roger Lynn, Director, Cococucine

Karen Trelfa, Ruby Blue London

Marvin Woodyatt

Alexander Schechter

Angharad Vernon-Hunt

David Gubbay

Paul Sommerfeld

Nataliya Percival                       

Fraser Clark

Inigo Patten

Jack Smith

Pablo De La Infiesta

Rev Steve Divall, St Helen’s Church

John M.A. Parsons

William Nickerson

Sonia Richardson

Cynthia Dize, Age Concern Kensington and Chelsea

Rebecca McCaw

Timothy Allen-Mersh

Nicolas Holliman, resident and Chair of the Corner Nine Arts Project

Marylyn Coosner

Luke Perricone

Tim Darvall

Louise Angel

Amanda Evans

Adrian de Segundo

Shaun Peare

Martin Burke, Age Concern Kensington and Chelsea

Malcolm Ogden

Matthew Marchant

Claire Vivyan

Liselot Ronz

Elizabeth Alpass

Freya Stewart

Heinrich Senfft

Gill Titterton

Thomas Moore

Helen Kalkhoven Dickson

Colum Hayward

Hugo Chance

Peter Mishcon 

Paul Kalkhoven

Gillian O'Malley

Suezann Holmes-Davies

Katherine Tucker

Daniel England

Mark England 

Antony Porter

Cameron Fraser

Dan Tregoning

Joanna Lancaster

Adam Janab

Jorge Garayo

Lori Beal

Isabella Kullmann

Rory McIntyre

Lara Pilkington

Joe Potter

William Hickman

Jonathan Stocken

Paul Leary and Karen Roux, Thermo Lignum UK Ltd

John Hodder

Anne Cowley

Stephen, Josie, Tamsin, Freya Waley-Cohen

Andre Hellstrom

Brandon Whitcher

Martin and Claudia Hutchings

Hannah Robinson

Sam Balch

Nicola Gammon

Mr M. Hawker

Jack Horner

Munir Akberali

Kevin Bacon

Peter Knight

Margaret Knight

Rowan Williams

Duncan and Barbro McAusland

David Gundry

Sarah Druce

William Beckett

Roger Ely

Tomassina Hessel

Barbara Austin

Lizzie Steel

Clive Wilkinson

Peter Vincent

Victor Boardman

Michael Tobin

Don Wong

Ros Williams

Nathan McGough

Jualanne Hickey

Margot Lunnon

Simon Walton

Rebecca Ridley

Tom Nutt

Emma Marshall

Coralie Etroy

Russell Blackmore

Magnus Andersson

Henry Morley

George Frost

Henry Costa

Maha Rahwangi

Edward Sandling

Walter Beckett

Harriet Grundy

James Shurey

Peter Day

Michael Whyte

Emily Lopes

Liliana Martins

Natasha Cubitt

Rachel Calvocoressi

Sarah Sheppard

Jan Norman

Edward Norman

Polly Barnes

Guy Stansfeld Architects Ltd

Shuki Sen

Ed Dale-Jones

Paul Cassingham

Mark Sayfritz

Hannah Proctor

Anne Kilcullen

Gwyn Gilmour

Simon and May Erskine

Richard Aikens

Nick Pucci

Kim Chua

June Stevenson

Michael Freyhan

Anthony Dickens

Adrianna Irvine

Neil Broadbent

Yolanda Calliss

Margaret and Jonathan Page

Gareth Jones

Serene Hamzawi

Lynn Allan

Harvey Roland

Dorothy Griffiths

Julian Knight

Justin Morgan

Rachel Walder

Chris Mooney

Jeremy Skeet

Michele Lonergan

Tanya West

Sofia Hailemariam

Rose Wangen-Jones

Elisabeth Scott

Damian Scott

Helene Vigue

Steve West

Andrew Westwell

Jessica Punter

Hugh Fraser

Jonathan Ker

Ben Thompson-McCausland

Isobel Ker

Lee Newman

Aoife McGrath

Barry Smyth

Steve Crabb

Jamie Gillingham

George Barber

Lucy and Tim Harvey

Daren Hicks

Paul Sprinz

Sally Middleton

Lucy Soutter

Yvonne Murphy

Maggie Morrow

Victor De Oliveira

Sam Fortescue

Lucy Owen

Jacqueline Benson

Chris & Niki Howes

Mike Jones

Richard Magrin

Glyn Jones

Dave McLaughlin

Joanna Steel

Rachel Donnison

Greg Edgar

Richard Varnden

Lynn Horsford

Kate Bonner

Chris Coley

Laura Hazlerigg

David M. Furlong

Georgia Hendey

Peter Coates

Greg Lovett

Richard Davies

Nicholas Whyatt

Jonan Boto

Evis Qendro

Aldo Paternostro

Nick Morant

Pierre Decote

Ashleigh Maloney

Wajeeha Aslam

Victoria Jack

Inna Poliakova

Dalmar Farah

Matthew Moyes

Krystyna Niedenthal

Tyler Psarras

Lisa Jelliffe

Ben Yeoh

Alexey Shokhin

Philippe Brown

Jean Dumas

Andrew Graham

Anne Wheeler

Hugo Gordon Lennox

Erskine Berry

Sam Webster

Nonna Sivets

Andre Michaud

Evgenia Kritikopoulou

Vernoica Barran

 

How to lend your support

If you wish to give your support to Kensal Crossrail you can do so by writing to:

Boris Johnson
Mayor of London
Greater London Authority
City Hall
The Queen's Walk
London SE1 2AA

mayor@london.gov.uk

 

The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP
Secretary of State for Transport
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
London SW1P 4DR

 

To join our list of supporters, email crossrail@rbkc.gov.uk

Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KensalCrossrail

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More information

To find out more please read our brochure outlining our case for a Crossrail station. [PDF] (file size 273Kb)

Please also see the Cabinet report on underwriting the costs of a Crossrail station. [PDF] (file size 119Kb)