Crossrail to go for Turnham Green option
Massive underground tunnel planned linking Chiswick to hi-speed rail-link
Crossrail have announced plans to build a tunnel under West London to link to a service to Kingston. It would mean that Crossrail would stop at a proposed new station at Turnham Green, rather than Chiswick Park station, to provide an interchange with the London Underground services.
Originally Crossrail had considered two options for this spur of the project. The option that would have seen an overland link through Acton was rejected due to the conflicts it would have created at existing junctions such as the ones at Churchfield Road and Bollo Lane. The chosen option requires the building of a 5.7km tunnel in what will be one of the largest ever infrastructure projects in London.
Head of Transport
at Hounslow Council, Chris Calvi-Freeman felt that the proposals would
be hotly debated locally but said, "if the tunnel is going to come
up at or extend under Chiswick Common there should be a station at Turnham
Green, as it would be well placed to serve local commuters and would also
allow interchange between the District and Piccadilly Lines, presuming
TfL could be persuaded to also stop Piccadilly Line trains there."
New Planned Route for Crossrail
(New lines in red)
A route diagram reflecting this change is available on the Crossrail web site www.crossrail.co.uk.
'Crossrail - The Vision' leaflets have been given out to commuters at stations along the preferred route, explaining what Crossrail is about and inviting people to phone or write in with comments.
The project now moves into a more concentrated phase of public consultation after Crossrail distributed leaflets to commuters and in Council Offices. A spokesman for Crossrail said that information kiosks will be set up in or near affected tube stations including Turnham Green and a letter will be sent to all properties directly affected by the project.
October 10, 2003