- Evidence suggests a Crossrail 2 Station on the King’s Road is needed to cope with the 48 million additional people a year expected to travel to and from Chelsea by 2030.
- By 2030 the equivalent of the entire UK population 1 – over 66 million people – will use South Kensington tube station.
- Passenger numbers at Sloane Square will grow by 10 million between now and 2030 to over 26 million each year.
- Without a new station on the King’s Road current public transport routes will struggle to cope with demand, according to supporters of the new Crossrail 2 station.
An analysis of Transport for London (TfL) passenger data by supporters of the Crossrail 2 station on the King’s Road has projected that by 2030 an additional 48 million people are expected to travel to the Chelsea using the Tube network.
If 2007 – 2014 2 trends were to continue, passenger numbers at Sloane Square Station would increase by 55% and at South Kensington by 88% between 2014 and 2030. This would mean 26.1 million passengers entering and exiting Sloane Square Station in 2030 compared with 16 million now – and numbers at South Kensington increasing from 36.5m to 66.4m passengers in the same period.
The analysis has been undertaken by applying the average annual growth rate in passengers from 2007 – 2014 and applying this cumulatively across all years from 2014 to 2030 – the earliest year it is anticipated Crossrail 2 could be delivered. It is clear that such a scale of increase would have a significant impact on the passenger experience at these stations.
With the King’s Road already ranked 4th in the UK for tourism spend, behind London’s West End, Knightsbridge and Covent Garden 3 , 50 businesses, major employers and cultural, educational and medical institutions in Kensington and Chelsea have written to the Mayor to urge that the opportunity to capture this projected growth for the local area is not lost. Together these organisations, many based on or near the King’s Road and together representing over 20,000 employees and attracting around 30 million visitors each year – believe that a new Crossrail 2 station will safeguard the area as a world-leading cultural, educational and medical hub.
A supporter of the Crossrail 2 station on the King’s Road, Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum, said: “As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Our three million visitors need effective and accessible public transport. The proposed Crossrail 2 station at Kings Road, within 15 minutes’ walk of the Museum, would provide much needed extra capacity and make it easier for visitors and staff to get to South Kensington. For this area to continue to thrive, we need infrastructure that will keep up with London’s growth.”
Local resident and Chair of the Chelsea4Crossrail2 campaign, Martin Flash, said: “As somebody who lives in Chelsea, it is clear to me that to thrive, this wonderful and diverse neighbourhood must serve the needs of those who work in or visit its schools, hospitals, galleries, museums, shops and businesses, as well of course as the people who live here. There are many, both residents and non-residents, who will benefit hugely from tackling the poor rail provision for future generations.”