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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.


  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


  • 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.


  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.


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 | , , ,


  1. This proposed railway station appears to be on the site of the dreadful Ladbroke Grove accident that occured on 5 October 1999. I shall never forget this anyway, as it happened on my birthday.

    Comment by James Martineau | September 27, 2020 | Reply

  2. If I remember correctly, the garden with the memorial is in the corner between the petrol station, Canal Way and the railway.

    I shall go and have a look, but I believe that a well-designed station here could incorporate a fitting memorial!

    Comment by AnonW | September 27, 2020 | Reply

  3. I worked just around the corner for a number of years and mused often with a sandwich next to the canal, how a station would vastly improve this corner of London. Though calling it Ladbroke Grove will surely be confusing since one already exists, as you will know, on the H&C line – and when i read ‘Kensal Portobello’ I thought this would be a very good idea, placing it firmly, and perhaps redirecting the massive crowds for the famous market spewing out of Notting Hill… (Yes I know the heart of the market is a good stroll away,but the Goldborne Road end is often overlooked but has enough going on for tourists to spend a few quid)

    The western end of Canal way does need to be addressed, though , A connection to Scrubbs Lane would provide very easy access to the future hub being built in Old Oak Common.

    it is a very positive step and should be built but yet another ‘feasability study’? Hmm…

    Comment by PJS | September 27, 2020 | Reply

    • Feasibility study is a euphemism for a number of interested parties getting together in a decent pub for a few hours. Perhaps the spacious cafe in the Sainsbury’s would be a better idea because of the Covids. The manager could even join in, as they are surely an interested party.

      There were stories about the Dawlish emergency, where senior engineers and council officials, threw the rule book out of the window and just got on with it. As the Covids, is a nationwide emergency, perhaps we need stronger action to get things done?

      At Dawlish, they needed more workers, but to work on the railway, you need to be certified, as there are trains constantly going through. So Health and Safety said, that as the trains weren’t running, the Dawlish site was no more dangerous, than the average building site on a High Street. So the need for certification was dropped and they got on with the job.

      We need more of that spirit to make the covids history!

      Comment by AnonW | September 27, 2020 | Reply

  4. This is nothing to do with Simon Blanchflower CBE, and former Kensington and Chelsea councillor living near the proposed station – is it?

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | September 27, 2020 | Reply

    • As you can see from my earlier comments, access to the site, with all that housing will be difficult. Boris reinstated it, when he was Mayor. I’m going to have a walk tomorrow!

      London needs the houses and there are few good sites other than Old Oak Common and Southall Gas Works in West London. All are connected to the City and Heathrow by Crossrail.

      Comment by AnonW | September 27, 2020 | Reply

  5. If it’s built, let’s hope the station is constructed with sufficient space and access arrangements to serve not just Portobello Market but also Notting Hill Carnival, which attracts crowds of over a million and puts considerable pressure on the area’s stations and bus services on the August bank holiday weekend.

    Ladbroke Grove LT station is closed on the Sunday and Monday as it’s right on the main carnival route. In recent years homegoing revellers have been forced to trudge ever farther afield to find transport home. That creates other problems and makes it hard for children and the elderly, many of whome do wish to attend.

    The new station would be able to serve not just the main carnival events on Sun and Mon, but also the popular steelband competition, Panorama, on Saturday evening and the opening event, Jouvert, which starts in Canal Way at 6am Carnival Sunday.

    As a reminder, Notting Hill Carnival generates an estimated £110 million for the London economy.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | September 27, 2020 | Reply

  6. I know it gets busy more times per year, but I have used the new White Hart Lane station several times, when Spurs are at home. And it works!

    Look at Wembley Park too, which copes very well!

    I suspect that Health and Safety or the Police, won’t allow Crossrail to build a station, that is not big enough for the Carnival

    I also feel, that there may be development on the South side of the railway, so will there be a wide bridge across. A bit like a large version of Maghull North and Warrington West stations, where a bridge spans the railway from both sides of the cutting.

    Comment by AnonW | September 27, 2020 | Reply

  7. Great and an informative article!
    King regards,
    Thompson Raahauge

    Comment by Coffee Nearby | October 11, 2020 | Reply

    • Thanks!

      Comment by AnonW | October 11, 2020 | Reply

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