Boris Johnson has breathed new life into seemingly extinct plans for an extra Crossrail station in west London.
The mayor of London ordered a fresh feasibility study from Network Rail into the possibility of the trans-London line stopping at the Kensal Gasworks site in North Kensington.
Plans for the station, between Acton Main Line and Paddington, existed for several years before being discarded by Transport for London in 2013.
But the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea refused to give up and now – despite Crossrail construction being well advanced ahead of a 2018 opening – revised proposals for the station appear to be back on the table.
Johnson said: “We have seen across London how Crossrail is transforming vast swathes of land and acting as a catalyst for much needed new homes and jobs. By looking again at the options for this station we firmly believe that it could have a similar impact, triggering a much-needed fillip for this part of the capital.
“We are now delving into the detail to see just what may be possible in North Kensington to ensure it does not miss out on the much-needed regeneration Crossrail will bring.”
Kensington and Chelsea council leader Nicholas Paget-Brown said: “I am extremely grateful to the mayor and to Network Rail for keeping channels open, and am delighted that it now looks as though Royal Borough residents can look forward to riding on the Elizabeth Line in the years ahead.”
Crossrail will be known as the Elizabeth line when it opens to passengers through central London in December 2018.
New Civil Engineer reported last month that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea also continued to support controversial plans for a Crossrail 2 station on the King’s Road.