Chelsea Hackney line revival
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has warmly welcomed the revival of plans for the Chelsea Hackney line.
The rail scheme has been dormant for several years but was back on the radar this week following the publication of an authoritative study by the business group, London First.
The study, led by former Transport Secretary, Lord Andrew Adonis, argues that by the late 2020s, there will be a critical need for new rail capacity in central, south-west and north-east London, even after the completion of Crossrail, Thameslink and the current Tube upgrades.
Planning for how to meet that need must start now and the best way to do so, argues the report, is a second "Crossrail" line connecting these parts of London.
The idea for Crossrail 2 - or the Chelsea Hackney line as it has traditionally been called - has actually been around for decades. And the Council has been a keen supporter of the idea for almost as long.
"Our Capital needs that transport capacity and our country desperately needs growth," said Leader of the Council, Cllr Sir Merrick Cockell.
"Now is the time to secure both Crossrails taking every opportunity along the routes to create investment and growth. That means a station at Portobello and one on the King's Road."
The route safeguarded for the Chelsea Hackney line back in 1991 includes a station on the King's Road and the Council support for the scheme is based on the need to relieve congestion in the Chelsea area and provide residents with easier access to the West End and City.
The London First study has suggested that the route could be modified to run to Clapham Junction as well as Euston, where it could provide direct access to the new HS2 link