Council puts in last-minute bid for Crossrail stop at site of former gas works

Kensington and Chelsea council has launched a bid to have a Crossrail station built in the borough. The eleventh hour bid is off the back of plans for a 67-acre development in Kensal at the site of a former gas works.

The council is arguing that the Kensal gas works regeneration scheme, which is to include 2500 homes and other community facilities would benefit from a Crossrail stop.

Crossrail said it would investigate the proposal and London mayor Boris Johnson will visit the site. Plans for the £15.9bn Crossrail project are due to be finalised in November.

Councillor Merrick Cockell, leader of Kensington and 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.”