A campaign for a Crossrail 2 interchange at Imperial Wharf has gained momentum after a full Hammersmith and Fulham (H&F) council meeting last week (January 27) showed support for the station to open there.
Tory councillors voted to step up the push for an interchange at Sands End after a lengthy campaign joined by the council to put forward Imperial Wharf rather than King's Road in Chelsea.
They believe a new station would add a much-needed transport link to Fulham as well as being a catalyst for drawing new business to the area.
"We have petitioned long and hard to secure what would be a vital piece of new infrastructure, bringing huge transport and financial benefits for residents," said Councillor Wesley Harcourt, Hammersmith and Fulham's Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.
"There is a lack of road and public transport infrastructure in this area that would be addressed by this proposal and provide a real shot in the arm for an area that has seen a large amount of new homes over recent years."
The support at the meeting counteracts the backing of the proposed Chelsea station this week by employees at large organisations in the Kensington and Chelsea borough, such as the Royal Albert Hall .
Support from Made in Chelsea cast
An argument is being put forward by some 1,500 supporters that the new Crossrail 2 network could benefit H&F by relieving pressure on the Wimbledon branch of the District line – one of the most overcrowded Underground branches in west London.
In a joint letter from Conservative councillors to Transport for London, they wrote: "We believe that Imperial Wharf would serve more commuters, support more new jobs and homes, offer better value and – perhaps as importantly – gain support across our borough and west Chelsea.
"Based on its current catchment area alone, more commuters would use a Crossrail 2 station at Imperial Wharf.
"This number rises when new development is anticipated."
Supporters said most of Hammersmith and Fulham's main regeneration areas are not served by the District line, increasing the need for the new station in Fulham and land values in Imperial Wharf are cheaper, reducing the cost.
The news is welcomed by residents in Chelsea, including stars from reality TV show Made in Chelsea, who are campaigning against Crossrail 2’s plans for a station in King’s Road .
A consultation in January carried out by Transport for London (TfL) and analysed by The No Crossrail for Chelsea group revealed that from 19,000 responses, o ver half of the replies rejected a station in King's Road .