We are aware that there are concerns about the current proposed Crossrail 2 station at King’s Road. There have been a number of claims made about it, which we know to be misleading or incorrect. So we asked Transport for London (TfL), as promoters of the Crossrail 2 scheme, to answer the following questions.
The proposed Crossrail 2 station at King’s Road would be underground. Platforms would be up to 250m in length as they will be for Crossrail 1. Above ground, it’s expected the station footprint would be contained within the areas of surface interest, as defined in the 2014 safeguarding consultation material.
We are still undertaking a detailed assessment about the number of people who would exit a Crossrail 2 station at Kings Road but initial forecasts suggest that around 5,000 people per hour would use the station (two-way) during the peak hours of 7.00 am and 10.00 am. This peak hour usage is comparable to that of Sloane Square Tube station.
Should Crossrail 2 go ahead, the tunnels would be constructed using a tunnel boring machine, with a specification similar to that of Crossrail 1. The stations would be built by excavating the required spaces and lining these with sprayed concrete, in exactly the same way used by Crossrail 1 at Bond Street and other locations. In our experience of building tunnels, modern construction techniques do not result in buildings being affected by ground movement. Crossrail 1 also used a technique called 'compensation grouting' which minimized the effects of ground movement at certain locations.
A small number of buildings may be required in order to construct a Crossrail 2 station at Kings Road. These have been identified in the safeguarding directions that were issued in March 2015. In all cases, we will seek to minimize the number of buildings used, and will use construction methods which minimize disruption to local residents and businesses
The District line is approximately 5-10 metres below the surface. The Crossrail 2 tunnel will be significantly deeper than the District Line.
We have held two major consultations on Crossrail 2 to date, in addition to the Department for Transport’s safeguarding consultation. The first was in summer 2013 on the principle of a scheme, and the second was in summer 2014 where we consulted on specific route options along three parts of the route.
The next public consultation is planned for later this year, following engineering work to refine our proposals. This consultation will provide more information about our preferred route and proposed locations of stations, vent shafts and work sites along the route.
Ahead of this, we will be undertaking a programme of engagement with residents and businesses along the route to provide an update on the project and a forum to better understand local community concerns.
As we are in the very early stages of developing Crossrail 2, we have not established detailed construction plans for each Crossrail 2 station. More detailed plans will be shared for public consultation when the design has been further developed.
It is not the case that 50% of the scheme costs would be funded through development: the actual figure is expected to be under two per cent. Some stations will facilitate more development than others, according to local circumstances.
Journeys which currently take 30 minutes or more would be reduced to less than 10 minutes.
For example, a journey to:
- Euston St Pancras would be reduced from 33 minutes to around 9 minutes
- Tottenham Court Road would be reduced from 33 minutes to around 6 minutes
- Clapham Junction would be reduced from 32 minutes to around 3 minutes.
Nearly 6 sq km of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is currently more than 800 metres from a Tube station (approximately a ten minute walk). A Crossrail station at Kings Road would ensure that all residents of Chelsea have improved access to London’s Tube and rail networks.