Ladbroke Grove railway station

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Ladbroke Grove Crossrail
Local authorityRoyal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Managed byCrossrail
OwnerNetwork Rail
Transport for London
Number of platforms2
Other information
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Ladbroke Grove is a proposed railway station in London, England on the Crossrail Route between Old Oak Common and Paddington. This is not part of the internal route and would be added at a later stage. Locals want the station to be called Portobello Central to serve the nearby Portobello Market.[1][2][3] It was originally called Kensal.

2016 revival[edit]

At a site just to the east of the Old Oak Common site, Kensington and Chelsea Council has been pushing for a station at North Kensington / Kensal[4] off Ladbroke Grove and Canal Way, as a turn-back facility will have to be built in the area anyway. Siting it at Kensal Rise, rather than next to Paddington itself, would provide a new station to regenerate the area.[1][2][3] Amongst the general public there is a huge amount of support for the project and then-mayor of London Boris Johnson stated that a station would be added if it did not increase Crossrail's overall cost; in response, Kensington and Chelsea Council agreed to underwrite the projected £33 million cost of a Crossrail station, which was received very well by the residents of the Borough.[5] Transport for London (TfL) is conducting a feasibility study on the station and the project is backed by National Grid, retailers Sainsbury's and Cath Kidston, and Jenny Jones (Green Party member of the London Assembly).[6]

The plans were resurrected by Boris Johnson in 2016.[7][8]

In March 2017, it was announced TfL was considering a Crossrail station in Kensal on site of a former gasworks and would be between Old Oak Common and Paddington. [9]


  Proposed services  
Preceding station   Elizabeth line roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
Elizabeth line
towards Abbey Wood or Shenfield


  1. ^ a b "Case for a Crossrail station gains momentum" (Press release). Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 1 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b Bloomfield, Ruth (24 August 2010). "Study to explore adding Crossrail station at Kensal Rise". Building Design. London.
  3. ^ a b "Crossrail at Kensal Rise back on the cards?". London Reconnections (blog). 27 August 2010.
  4. ^ "The case for Kensal crossrail". Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. n.d. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Council to pay for Crossrail station". London Evening Standard. 25 March 2011. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012.
  6. ^ Kensal Crossrail station would 'transform' the area, says deputy mayor. Regeneration + Renewal. 16 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 July 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Sebastian Mann (14 March 2016). "Plan for Crossrail station at Ladbroke Grove resurrected". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  9. ^ David Spittles (24 March 2017). "Crossrail tipped for Kensal Green: Tfl is considering building a station on derelict gasworks by the Grand Union Canal". Homes and Property. Retrieved 16 July 2017.

Coordinates: 51°31′34″N 0°13′21″W / 51.52618°N 0.22250°W / 51.52618; -0.22250