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Council wants Crossrail station

Artists impression of Crossrail project
The scheme will connect Maidenhead in Berkshire to Shenfield in Essex

Proposals for a Crossrail station in west London could create thousands of new homes and jobs, councillors have said.

Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council said a 67-acre site in Kensal was the only option which offered regeneration.

The £16bn Crossrail scheme is the UK's biggest transport project since the Channel Tunnel and could create up to 30,000 jobs.

The 72-mile route will connect Berkshire to Essex via the capital.

Councillors said the proposed Kensal site would boost business in the area and could accommodate more than 2,500 homes, new shops and community facilities.

Regeneration

Under the proposals, an area consisting of the Kensal Gasworks, a vacant site previously connected to the gasworks, a supermarket and a depot would be redeveloped.

Councillor Merrick Cockell, leader of Kensington and Borough Chelsea Council, said: "Nothing can drive forward the regeneration of this part of north Kensington better than the inclusion of a Crossrail station.

"Not only would our proposals bring new homes and generate new jobs but the station itself would bring the whole of the capital within easy reach of our residents, who are currently poorly served by bus and train."

Crossrail said it was investigating the proposals and was in discussion with the council.

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is due to visit the area in the near future.

Starting as far west as Maidenhead in Berkshire, the Crossrail route will include a link to Heathrow airport and will run through central London and out eastwards to Shenfield in Essex.



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