English interior designer, socialite and founder of the London-based interior design firm NH Design Inc. “Chelsea is renowned the world over as being a last remaining bastion of a London unlike any other, where the traditional, the intimate and the contemporary meet in a largely untouched and homogenous setting. Does that really need to be swept away, indeed wilfully destroyed, by this monstrous Crossrail station plan? To say nothing of the inevitable ten years of dirt, demolition and noise it’s construction will entail, bringing chaos to this unique area which is so cherished by residents, small businesses, church-goers and tourists alike.”
Italian-British lawyer and journalist. “Chelsea is one of London’s gems. It’s stylish, it’s unique – we cannot allow it to be ruined by a ghastly Crossrail station that will dwarf all around it. I’ve spent many a day strolling the fabulous King’s Road. There really is nothing like it. Nobody wants this station, nobody wants just another cloned High Street. We love the King’s Road how it is – for the shopping, for the style, for its charm.”
Critically acclaimed novelist and writer of Bond book ‘Solo’. “The proposed Crossrail station in the heart of Chelsea would be an act of civic and urban vandalism on a vast scale. “It would wreak irreparable damage on one of the most cherished, characterful and colourful districts of London. It must be adamantly opposed in every possible way. It must never be allowed to happen.”
Actress Felicity Kendal is best known for her roles in The Good Life and Rosemary & Thyme. “If a Crossrail station is built here it will destroy Chelsea as we know it. We are not opposed to Crossrail 2, we just don’t want a station in Chelsea. “We are well served by two underground stations and five bus routes. We don’t need a huge Crossrail station that will cost a fortune and just create yet another cloned High Street. We love Chelsea the way it is.”
Pasta-sauce magnate, Loyd Grossman, is also known for presenting Through the Keyhole and Masterchef. “The construction of a huge Crossrail Station in Chelsea threatens to significantly damage the distinctiveness, scale and intimacy of the King's Road. “Local people and businesses do not wish £1 billion to be squandered on a scheme which will threaten the historic environment of the King's Road, which is a valuable social, cultural and economic asset not only for those who live nearby, but for all Londoners.”
Actor Trevor Eve is best known for his roles in Shoestring and Waking the Dead. “These crossrail stations aren’t like tube stations. They are huge structures, with shops, bars, restaurants and offices. A station [...] will destroy the streetscape of the King’s Road, will cost London over £1 billion and will destroy the charm of Chelsea.”
Former Strictly Come Dancing star Cherie Lunghi is also known for her roles in a long list of TV dramas. “Chelsea is one of London’s most fabulous villages. It would be a travesty if we turned the King’s Road into just another Oxford Street. “A mammoth crossrail station will radically alter the character of the place I and all of my fellow residents are proud to call home. Our public transport links are already very good. “We don’t need this station – and we definitely don’t need tens of thousands of extra people an hour inundating our narrow pavements.”
Winner of nineteen BAFTA awards, ten Golden Globes and ten Oscars, Sir Alan Parker is best known for directing classic films Bugsy Malone and Mississippi Burning. "Crossrail in the King’s Road is a mindless idea that will destroy the unique character of Chelsea. It's not sensible, not needed and not wanted."