Council calls for Crossrail station

LB Hammersmith & Fulham has called once more for a Crossrail station to be added in the north of the Borough.

The council has been pushing for a Crossrail station where the new east-west route is set to cross the existing, north-south, West London Line to open up the regeneration potential in the 100 acres of railway land to the north of Wormwood Scrubs.

The railway land includes the North Pole depot and Old Oak Common sidings – part of which is earmarked for a Crossrail depot. The North Pole Depot has been lying idle since train servicing operations were moved out to east-London, and as reported on lookwest earlier this week, is being actively examined by the Council for its development potential.

Council Leader Stephen Greenhalgh said: “If we can persuade the Department for Transport and Transport for London to build a Crossrail station here we can see huge regenerative benefits flowing from that. A Crossrail station here could release the untapped potential of this part of the borough and make it a very attractive site for new homes, shops and businesses.”

The current plans for Crossrail would see trains, which will travel underground between Westbourne Park and east London, pass through the north of the borough without stopping.

Under the existing proposals the nearest Crossrail station would be Acton Main Line, which is more than a mile away from LB Hammersmith & Fulham and provides no interchange with any other rail services.

Cllr Greenhalgh added: “Regeneration to the north of Wormwood Scrubs would help us meet our target of building 6,500 new homes in the next 10 years".

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