Getting Cross over Crossrail
Residents' Groups Step Up Anti-Crossrail Campaign
Some local residents have stepped up their campaign against the proposed Crossrail network claiming that the new transport link will have numerous devastating effects on our immediate environment.
They say that Secretary of State, Alistair Darling, will be making his decision about the route that Crossrail will take, within the next few weeks, but some residents feel that they have not been consulted nor had a proper opportunity to make their feeling known.
The strongest opposition to the plans is coming from the Hartswood Road area in Stamford Brook under which the Crossrail tunnel is likely to pass.
The opinion of group of residents is that �There are considerable drawbacks to such a major construction project occurring here, in the very heart of Chiswick when there would have been many other locations where people could easily link into the new Crossrail network without bringing Chiswick to a standstill for years (until 2017 even if construction runs to time) whilst this major piece of engineering � to tunnel all the way from Wormwood Scrubs to Turnham Green - is achieved and with the permanent loss of Common Land both at Chiswick Back Common and at Stamford Brook.�
They go on to state that, �This is the only area along the whole of the South -Western branch line where Crossrail propose to tunnel� all of the rest of the route goes along existing tracks and will not require anything like this level of excavation and consequent disruption and cost.�
Another group of residents association has listed all the possible negative effects citing:
In Acton posters have been appearing claiming that Crossrail will mean the closure of Acton Mainline station. A group called Save Acton Mainline have been distributing leaflets which say that secret plans have been drawn up to close the station. Crossrail has vigorously denied that there is any such plan for closure and have contacted the group to arrange a meeting. Mayor Ken Livingstone has said that he will not support any Crossrail plan that passes through Acton without a stop. At this stage Crossrail are not planning to use Acton Mainline and existing services to the station will need to be reduced to allow Crossrail trains to share the track.
Our latest information is that the Government are currently considering a report by Adrian Montague into the viability of Crossrail and that the main obstacle remains finding finance for the project. There has been speculation in the press that the report recommends that the western spur of the project that would link Chiswick to Paddington be ditched and just the main east west London link implemented.
March 2, 2004