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Case Study: No Crossrail in Chelsea

Kensington Chelsea News - No Crossrail in Chelsea - Media Intelligence PartnersMIP has worked as media and political consultants to No Crossrail in Chelsea. The campaign brings together 10,000 local residents and 80 local businesses in opposing a proposed Crossrail 2 railway station on the King’s Road.

The planned Crossrail 2 diversion through Chelsea would add over £1 billion to the total bill for the project, put hundreds of listed buildings at risk, hurt small businesses and permanently damage the character of the historic King’s Road.

Boasting the support of actors Trevor Eve, Felicity Kendal and Cherie Lunghi, footballer Sol Campbell, musician Mark Knopfler and film director Sir Alan Parker, MIP launched a high profile campaign to build local opposition to the proposal and turn out the vote in Transport for London’s public consultation. Nine in ten respondents to the consultation opposed the station.

Nancy Dell'Olio - No Crossrail in Chelsea - Media Intelligence PartnersMIP helped the campaign attract top-level media interest in London – and from the Capital’s key politicians and influencers.

Conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham, Greg Hands, has called for the station to bemoved from the proposed King’s Road site to Imperial Wharf. The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, Caroline Pidgeon, called for a review of King’s Road station after the “overwhelming level of opposition”.

The National Infrastructure Commission, chaired by Lord Andrew Adonis,
questioned the transport merits of a Crossrail station in Chelsea by saying it “does not provide the strategic interchange or crowding relief provided by other stations”.

A final TfL decision on the proposal remains outstanding, pending another public consultation.