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White City development - Getting there


White City is being radically redrawn. The BBC's move en masse to new headquarters has established at a stroke a large new population of professionals. Other firms are being drawn to the area by the Beeb's gravitational pull.

Chelsfield and London Underground's (LU) development will create an Oxford Street's worth of shops and leisure facilities - 25M visitors a year and 4,000 new jobs there alone - and 160 affordable homes. These will be served by new Tube, commuter rail and bus interchanges and improved road access.

Close to 10% of the overall £1.36bn construction cost is going on transport. The new LU sidings and depot are costing £70M, and the new combined station for LU's Hammersmith & City Line and the West London Line £30M.

Chelsfield has been talking to the Strategic Rail Authority about building a new rail station on the West London Line at Chelsea Harbour, creating a direct link between one of London's major new residential quarters. And £20M is being spent on a new junction with the A40(M) and A3220. Rail, road and buses will be linked together by a major interchange at the adjacent Holland Park roundabout.

Work on the new station is scheduled to start early in the new year, with completion due in early 2006.

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