Kensal could get �33million Crossrail station

Kensington and Chelsea pledged to make the substantial investment despite making large cuts elsewhere

Council chiefs last night agreed to spend �33million on building a Crossrail station as part of ambitious proposals to transform Kensal.

Kensington and Chelsea Council agreed to plough money into the project despite making some �23m worth of cuts in its budget in 2011/12.

Under the proposals, a large ‘turnback’ station would be built at Kensal which would receive trains from Maidenhead, Heathrow in Shenfield. The link would enable residents to get to canary Wharf in just 25 minutes.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson will take the final decision on where Crossrail stations will go and as has set three tests all applications must meet. These include not delaying the Crossrail construction programme, undermining its performance, or add to costs.

The council’s investment is key to meeting the last test.