The campaign to stop a Crossrail 2 station being built in Chelsea received a boost today, as celebrities Loyd Grossman and Cherie Lunghi called for plans to build a station on the King’s Road to be ditched.
Grossman and Lunghi join actors Felicity Kendal and Trevor Eve in calling for plans for crossrail in Chelsea to be scrapped, as the campaign’s petition reaches 3000 signatories.
The campaign group, No Crossrail in Chelsea, opposes plans for a Crossrail 2 diversion through Chelsea and wants the route from Victoria to Clapham Junction to be direct.
A station in Chelsea will see up to 72,000 people an hour passing through the King’s Road station, swamping the narrow pavements and destroying the current shopping experience.
Crossrail stations also have retail, office development and restaurants. Such a station would seriously damage the streetscape of Chelsea, ruining the unique charm of the King’s Road and its independent businesses, creating yet another cloned High Street and a disruptive nighttime economy. Campaigners also warn that 240 listed buildings on and around the King’s Road would be placed in jeopardy.
A final consultation of local residents, businesses and stakeholders is due to take place in September. A decision on the final route of Crossrail 2 is due to be made following this study.
If given the go ahead, station construction would take eight years, during which the King’s Road will be closed for five years, causing enormous traffic congestion on Chelsea Embankment, Fulham Road, the roads between and further north.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has suggested the concerns of Chelsea residents may be listened to. He wrote:
“There has not been a definite decision taken on any Crossrail 2 station location, and nor will there be until there is a full consultation with the public.”