PLANS FOR CHISWICK BUSINESS PARK
Original Intention of a Major Interchange Station
has been ditched but study outlines a range
of local transport improvements for the area.
the Chiswick Business Park development was
in the planning stage it was originally envisaged
that a new interchange station would be built
which would link the mainline track with the
tube lines that pass by the perimeter of the
the largest office development in
the UK since Canary Wharf this was
felt to be necessary to ease the
pressure on the existing creaking
transport infrastructure in the area.
To this end the developers, as a
condition of being granted planning
permission, funded a trust called
the New Station Trust which was to
initiate the planning process for
the new station. This was to have
been sited on Bollo Lane.
this has not proved possible
provision was made for an Alternative
Transport Trust whose brief
was to look at 'similar' projects.
This Trust would be funded by up to £16mn,
the money being paid by the developer Stanhope
as a condition of being granted planning permission.
study was commissioned into how this money
should be spent and the principal recommendations
are as follows:
footbridge to be built linking Chiswick
Park station to the site
broad upgrade of Gunnersbury station
new North London Line station with a pedestrian
link to Chiswick Park
bus corridor to be developed between Bollo
Lane and Chiswick High Road
the routes of the 27 and 94 buses to finish
closer to the site.
bus links between Acton Town station and
the site and an improved interface between
buses and the tube at the station
report describes the area as already well-served
by public transport with 5 railway lines and
eight bus routes nearby.
will be limited parking at the development
and it is expected that 75% of the employees
at the Park will use public transport or walk/cycle
to work. This will generate an extra 2,300
peak hour journeys which will "significantly
enlarge the local market for public transport
for the site are limited by the existing railway
lines and the Gunnersbury Triangle Nature reserve.
high quality footbridge is suggested between
Chiswick Park tube and Colonial Drive which
will cut walking time to the development significantly.
This would also be built to accommodate cyclists.
is acknowledged that the station is likely
to have "capacity issues" as a result
of the development. This station will be upgraded
extensively although architectural studies
are required first.
capacity constraints at Willesden junction
there can only be a limited increase in the
frequency on the North London line. The trust
is unlikely to fund any improvements in this
interchange between the North London Line and
Chiswick Park was considered but it was felt
the extra usage would not justify the cost.
new station is suggested further south between
Bollo Lane and Gunnersbury station.
broad consultation is to be made on bus route
improvements. The development will allow a
corridor between Bollo Lane and Chiswick High
Road which will facilitate routes moving north
to south as opposed to the tendency for most
exiting routes to travel east-west.
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total cost of the proposed capital works is
£4-4.5 million with £1 million
of that to be spent on "pump-priming"
the new bus services. It is not made clear
but presumably further projects will be considered
as the development proceeds. The total amount
of money to be paid by Stanhope remains to
be finalised and will depend on the progress
of future phases of the project.
Piccadilly Line and Chiswick Business Park
Piccadilly line passes right by the
development (see picture) it seems
unlikely that there will be a station
within easy reach. The study recommended
against an interchange station in
part because of London Underground's
objection to an extra stop between
Acton Town and Hammersmith. The closest
Piccadilly line station to the development
will be Acton Town. The plan is to
upgrade the bus links between the
site and the station. However the
journey would mean passing over two
level crossings. The report says
that priority on the crossing may
need to be reconsidered.
an interchange station ruled our and as it
would be uneconomical to upgrade Chiswick Park
station to take Piccadilly line trains because
of the track and platform layout, Turnham Green
would have been the better option for linking
the Piccadilly line to the development. Although
it is about 1km from Chiswick Business Park
regular bus connections particularly when the
routes of the 27 and 94 are extended would
have made it a better option than Acton Town.
However, London Underground's recent statement
that a Piccadilly line stop would not be considered
for a least a decade suggests that this link
has been ruled out.
report on the study by Hounslow's Director
of Environmental Services will be presented
to the Chiswick Area Committee. The meeting
will be open to the public and it takes place
at the Town Hall on Monday 26th March 2001
Area Committee is only able to comment on the
study's recommendations and does not have the
power of veto over the plans. A local public
consultation exercise it to be organised as
soon as possible and the response will be reported
to the area committee.