Crossrail is braced for a new row over stations this week with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea launching a late bid for a stop at Kensal.
The council believes a Crossrail station would kick-start regeneration of north Kensington. A spokesman told NCE that it would be launching the campaign tomorrow.
The bid follows the recent publication of a consultation document outlining a strategy for regenerating the area. This included plans for a station south of Kensal Green. The 17ha development would sit on the site of the Kensal gasworks but the council has yet to obtain planning permission.
The document also said the site would be subject to constraints from poor public transport links and the need to deal with contaminated land from gas holders, which would not be decommissioned until 2016 at the earliest.
However, it added that a Crossrail station in north Kensington would “dramatically enhance accessibility and create employment, homes and recreational opportunities”.
Neighbouring London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham is also arguing for a station in a similar area.