Campaigners for the No Crossrail in Chelsea group turned out at City Hall today (February 10) to deliver the petition to the Mayor of London.
Among those present was actress Cherie Lunghi, who had earlier stated her objection to the £1 billion station, earmarked on the corner of King’s Road and Sydney Street.
But a rival Chelsea 4 Crossrail 2 group in favour of the development has been set up, and last week it was reported organisations such as The Royal Albert Hall, The Science Museum and Imperial College London and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, had pledged their support .
Kensington and Chelsea Council has also stated it is in favour of the new station .
But Chris Lenon, chairman of the No Crossrail in Chelsea campaign, claimed the masses were opposed. He said: “Our petition, signed by more than 10,000 local people, demonstrates the overwhelming opposition to this £1.2 billion vanity project.
“More than half of the respondents to TfL’s consultation on the entire Crossrail 2 line opposed a Chelsea station. TFL consulted on a station and the people of London have spoken. These plans must now be scrapped.”
The No Crossrail in Chelsea campaign is not opposed to Crossrail 2 as a whole, but objects to the station being built in Chelsea.