TfL Public Consultation – Massive numbers oppose King’s Road proposal

Chelsea Crossrail site map

This is the Transport for London plan for the King’s Road Crossrail station. The worksites are outlined in red and the two tunnels marked with the purple lines.

TfL has launched a consultation process including very detailed plans for a Crossrail 2 station in the heart of historic old Chelsea Which ended on January 8 2016.

TfL have revealed that there were 19,000 responses to the Consultation in total for the whole route

We have been collecting copies of responses, both those made online and those sent in as paper forms, which have been provided to us. We hold copies of more than 7,250 individual replies opposing the King’s Road station and have been advised of others which bring the total of local voices opposing the King’s Road station to roughly 8,000.  In addition there are over 10,000 petition signatures opposing the proposal.

In response to an FOI request, TFL have confirmed that the number of respondents who opposed the station was 8797, 972 supported a station. So 90% of respondents on Kings Road opposed a station. This is an overwhelming level of opposition. It is also greater than our initial claim.

We understand that some further 1,500 responses supported a CR2 station at Imperial Wharf in Fulham instead of the King’s Road.

There are several thousands of responses from residents in the Tooting, Balham and Streatham areas who are disaffected with the proposal including the cancellation of the Tooting station by TfL, on the grounds that it will cost £500m more than planned. They cannot understand why the King’s Road station (which costs £1.2bn, has no connectivity with other rail or tube lines and has a poor transport case) should remain under consideration.

A majority of all responses to the Consultation, from the whole of London , object to the King’s Road station.  The local MP, Greg Hands, advocates TfL looking instead at a station location at Imperial Wharf. His personal submission questions the logic of the King’s Road location on a number of grounds.

While TfL have stated that the Consultation was not a referendum on their plans, this result is a comprehensive rejection by London of the King’s Road station proposal.

In the face of this overwhelming  opposition, we believe TfL and the Mayor are duty bound to withdraw the proposal for a station on the King’s Road from their plans for Crossrail2.

 

You can read more about what this will mean and why we are opposed here.