Chelsea railway station (Crossrail 2)
Location of Chelsea in Central London
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Chelsea tube station is a proposed station on the Chelsea-Hackney line (also known as "Crossrail 2", the "Chelney line" and the "Hacksea line"). Alternative names for the station are Chelsea Kings Road, Chelsea Riverside, Kings Road (Chelsea) or simply Kings Road.
The line is currently considered the fourth major rail project in the capital after the Thameslink Programme, East London Line extension and Crossrail 1. It is not likely to open until 2022 at the earliest.
According to the June 2008 safeguarding directions, the surface structures of interest lie either side of Dovehouse Street (including Dovehouse Green) at its junction with Kings Road and some small buildings on the south side of the road opposite.[dead link]
Following the 2013 public consultation, revised plans were published in June 2014 by the Mayor of London which indicate two possible alignments for the railway tunnels along with two potential sites for a station in Chelsea:
- on the corner of King’s Road and Dovehouse Street, on the site which is currently occupied by Chelsea Fire Station;
- on a site further south-west, between the King’s Road and Cheyne Walk, close to Milman's Street and the River Thames
The location is under continual debate and eventually may be influenced by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London Mayor and residents and local businesses on Kings Road. In the 2013 survey 20% of residents opposed or strongly opposed a site on Dovehouse Green. Further options for a location to build Chelsea tube station include:
- a quarter mile west from the primary proposal and at the junction of Beaufort Street and Kings Road, or
- a three-quarter mile south-west and adjacent to Cremorne Gardens at Cremorne and World's End high-density residence estates. This stop would be called Chelsea Riverside and beneficial link with Thames riverboat services.
South of the proposed station at Dovehouse Green the route would pass under the Thames close to Battersea bridge and thence to Clapham Junction. There was discussion to add a Battersea Village stop (on the west side of Battersea Park, to complement Battersea Nine Elms (Northern Line Extension) on the eastern side of Battersea Park); cost may deter an additional station.
A tube line from Chelsea to Hackney was first proposed at the beginning of the twentieth century. In 1904 a bill was put before Parliament, but was defeated by the political allies of rival tube constructor Charles Yerkes. It was proposed again in the late 1960s and has been on the long-term agenda since then. An integral part of the plan was to build a new station in the centre of Chelsea along the Kings Road, which is not currently served directly by any tube or national rail station.
It was safeguarded as part of a potential route in 1991 and 2007. Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council are strong supporters of Chelsea station, as well as returning Sloane Square into the project after it was dropped from the route.
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- "Crossrail 2". Always Touch Out. 1 August 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-12.
- Chelsea–Hackney Line Safeguarding Directions, June 2008 Part A (PDF), Crossrail, accessed 22 December 2010
- "Crossrail 2 June 2014". TfL Consultation. Transport for London. Archived from the original on 18 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
- "Consultation on safeguarding revision for the Chelsea-Hackney line". Department for Transport. Retrieved 2008-07-12.[dead link]
- "Chelsea to Hackney line". Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. October 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-12.