The Anonymous Widower

Plans For North Kensington Crossrail Station Back On Track

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on London News Online.

The first two paragraphs say it all.

Proposals for north Kensington to get its own station on the long-delayed Crossrail project have been put back on track.

Kensington and Chelsea council has confirmed it is in talks with Network Rail on producing a feasibility study that could lead to the “Kensal Portobello Station” being built.

According to Wikipedia, if this station is built it will be called Ladbroke Grove station. Wikipedia says this about its location.

In March 2017, it was announced TfL was considering a Crossrail station in Kensal on site of a former gasworks and would be between Old Oak Common and Paddington.

The article says this about the precise location and plans for the area.

Canal Way, near the Kensington Gas Works and a Sainsbury’s superstore, is being eyed up as a location for the station.

Meanwhile, the council’s 2019 Local Plan refers to the area as the ‘Kensal Canalside Opportunity Area’, and says 3,500 homes could eventually be built there.

This is a Google Map of the area.

Note.

  1. The Grand Union Canal curving East-West in the top half of the map.
  2. There looks to be a substantial amount of green algae in the canal.
  3. The Great Western Main Line passing East-West in the bottom half of the map.
  4. Kensington Gas Works, a cleared site and a Sainsbury’s superstore, lie between the canal and the railway.
  5. Canal Way threads itself through to the North of the railway.

Crossrail uses the Northern pair of tracks closest to Canal Way.

Access To The Kensal Canalside Opportunity Area

Consider.

  • Canal Way doesn’t appear to have easy access at the Western end of the site.
  • Canal Way connects at the Eastern end to a roundabout on Ladbroke Grove.
  • How many vehicle journeys are 3,500 homes going to generate?
  • I have walked along the towpath of the Grand Union Canal.

I would feel that a Crossrail station to serve the development would improve access by a substantial amount.

This Google Map shows Canal Way and the railway.

Note.

  1. The Southern part of Sainsbury’s car park is at the top of the map.
  2. It would appear that there is space for a station.
  3. There appears to be a development site on the other side of the railway. Would a foot-bridge over the railway be a good idea?

The station would probably be served by between six and ten trains per hour.

Exploring The North Side Of The Railway

These pictures were taken on the North Side of the Railway, as I walked up Ladbroke Grove and into the Sainsbury’s site.

Is the traffic congestion always this bad?

Ladbroke Grove Station Site From The Railway

I took these pictures from a Crossrail train, running towards Paddington.

There would appear to be space for a station.

Conclusion

Because of the number of homes proposed for the site and the limited access, I feel that a station at this location is essential. Especially, as cars and buses seemed to be taking fifteen minutes to enter and exit the site.

I also think, there needs to be a pedestrian bridge over the railway to separate the pedestrians from the traffic.

September 26, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 10 Comments

Memories Of Althorpe

On The way to Cleethorpes, I passed through Althorpe station.

This Google Map shows the area.

Note.

  1. The River Trent flowing South to North.
  2. Keadby power station at the top of the map.
  3. Althorpe station close to the bridge over the river.
  4. The village of Althorpe is at the South of the map by the river.

C and myself had friends, who farmed much of the land in the curve of river, South of the railway.

These are a few tales, some might enjoy.

Althorpe And Princess Diana’s Grave

I was once told, that regularly tourists would appear looking for the last resting place of Princess Diana.

Sat-navs may be a wonderful gadget for some, but they do lead those with a certain lack of common sense on wild goose chases.

C And The Tug-Boats

C once spent a night in their farmhouse, which was by the River Trent.

She didn’t sleep well, as tug-boats pulling barges were constantly going past and sounding their sirens. The river was actually above the house, due to the embankments to stop flooding.

Princess Anne And The Centrefold

Our friends’ daughter was a very good rider in eventing and used to supplement her variable income in the sport with modelling. At one point, I used her for some promotional shots for one of my companies.

Some years ago, she was competing at an event in Yorkshire. Coincidentally, this was just after she had appeared as the centrefold in a well-known men’s magazine.

The event was a bit of a nightmare for her, as paparazzi were following her with open copies of the magazine.

At one point, it all got a bit much, so she decided to sneak back to the calm of her horsebox, by a circuitous route.

As she walked back, she encountered Princess Anne, who was also competing and using the same route to avoid the paparazzi.

They talked about the pressures of the paparazzi, who were being a nuisance, with the Princess saying, she approved of my friends’ daughter’s modelling and hoped it continued, as it had taken the pressure off herself.

Flixborough

My friends’ farm was not far from Flixborough, which is infamous for the Flixborough Disaster in 1974, when a chemical plant exploded and killed 28 people and seriously injured a further 36.

My friends also lost several thousand pigs because of the explosion.

Wikipedia says this about the cause of the explosion.

The disaster involved (and may well have been caused by) a hasty modification. There was no on-site senior manager with mechanical engineering expertise (virtually all the plant management had chemical engineering qualifications); mechanical engineering issues with the modification were overlooked by the managers who approved it, nor was the severity of the potential consequences of its failure appreciated.

At the time, I had just left ICI and I was still in contact with my former colleagues.

One told me, that he had met a Senior ICI Engineer, who had been involved with the enquiry into the disaster.

The plant had been a copy of a Dutch plant, that had been built to metric units, which were converted to Imperial to build the Flixborough plant.

As ICI had used metric units since the mid-1950s, there was considerable alarm in the mind of the Senior Engineer, that when the hasty modification was made, someone got mixed up.

Would the Flixborough disaster have happened, if the plant had been built as a copy of the Dutch plant using metric units?

 

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