Council bosses are lobbying for a new station to be built at Imperial Wharf to accommodate Crossrail 2.
Councillors voted to step up the push for a new station with a Crossrail 2 interchange in Sands End, when Hammersmith & Fulham’s full council met on Wednesday (27 January).
The vote follows a lengthy campaign from H&F urging Transport for London (TfL) to build a station at the site, having put the argument for Imperial Wharf forward during recent consultations.
Councillors believe a new station would add a much-needed transport link to Fulham as well as being a catalyst for drawing new business to the area.
“We have petitioned long and hard to secure what would be a vital piece of new infrastructure, bringing huge transport and financial benefits for residents,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.
“There is a lack of road and public transport infrastructure in this area that would be addressed by this proposal and provide a real shot in the arm for an area that has seen a large amount of new homes over recent years.”
The new Crossrail 2 network could benefit H&F by relieving pressure on the Wimbledon branch of the District line – one of the most overcrowded Underground branches in west London.
Most of H&F’s main regeneration areas are not served by the District line which further enhances the need for the new station in Fulham. The surrounding area could support thousands of new jobs and the infrastructure could reduce local traffic congestion.
The existing Imperial Wharf station is on the West London Line which is now running at capacity, so a new station could also alleviate pressure here. The Wimbledon branch of the district line is also under significant strain despite new rolling stock.
At Wednesday’s meeting the council agreed to write to TfL urging it to back the idea.
Locals in Chelsea, including stars from the hit television show Made in Chelsea, are campaigning against Crossrail 2’s plans for a station in King’s Road.
For more details on Crossrail 2 visit the website.