Brent backs plans for Kensal Crossrail

27 September 2011

The Royal Borough's plan to bring a Crossrail station to North Kensington is now being supported by neighbouring Brent Council.

Councillor Sir Merrick Cockell, Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, said: "I am delighted that Brent Council is backing our plans for a Crossrail station in Kensal. There is now an impressive alliance of councils, MPs and London Assembly Members, cutting across political parties, supporting us. These are joined by local businesses, social landlords and residents' groups who all see the massive opportunity to improve public transport and boost the local economy.

"I hope that those in London and national government, who will eventually make the decision, will see the benefit that this station will bring and deliver Crossrail for Kensal."

Councillor Ann John OBE, Brent Council Leader, said: "Brent Council supports the development of a Crossrail station in the Kensal area. The station would greatly improve public transport for residents and businesses in the south of Brent. The station would mean residents living in areas as Kensal Green, Kensal Rise and Harlesden would be linked to all of London by the most up-to-date public transport system.

"In addition, the building and development of such a major transport infrastructure project would help to not only regenerate Kensington and Chelsea but the south of Brent as well, offering significant new opportunities in terms of jobs and housing for many of our residents."

A station in Kensal would transform accessibility in an area poorly served by public transport and help trigger a major development of the 67 acre former gas works site which is capable of accommodating more than 2,500 new homes as well as new business and community facilities.

The proposals have received much support since Kensington and Chelsea Council announced earlier this year that it had committed to underwrite the £33m construction costs. MPs Karen Buck, Sarah Teather and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, and London Assembly member Jenny Jones, are all behind a new station. London Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse described the case for Kensal Crossrail as "overwhelming". Other supporters include National Grid, Portobello Antiques Dealers' Association, Cath Kidston, Westway Development Trust, Kensington and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and Sainsbury's.

For full details of the Council's proposals for Kensal Crossrail, go to www.rbkc.gov.uk/crossrail