Kensal Corridor

Kensal Corridor improvement scheme update

Since the extensive consultation in February - March 2018 in which over 80% of respondents were in support of the proposals for future planned changes for Chamberlayne Road, Kilburn Lane and Station Terrace, detailed designs have been prepared. These designs take on board the outcomes of the consultation which included views from the Kensal Consultative Group, which represents members of the residents’ associations in your area (APRATA, KRRA, KTRA, QPARA and the Kensal Rise Business Association), as well as the requirements of TfL and London Buses.

The ambition

The Kensal Rise public realm improvements seeks to deliver a scheme that enhances the pedestrian experience along one of the key vehicular routes within North West London, reducing traffic dominance along the street whilst maintaining traffic flows.

The project will:

  • Improve bus facilities, movement and accessibility
  • Improve Kensal Rise station access / interchange
  • Improve the environment and provide improved crossings for local residents, businesses and visitors
  • Widen pavements to facilitate walking
  • Add new bus shelters and widen waiting areas
  • Reduce congestion and associated pollution
  • New cycle lanes, cycle parking and improved accessibility
  • Improve road safety
  • Introduce a 20mph speed restriction between Mortimer Rd and Harrow Rd junction making the whole corridor 20mph
  • Improve parking and loading facilities for local businesses
  • Improve the public realm and provide quality including new pavements and carriageway resurfacing
  • Develop community greening schemes including greening to Station Terrace and a series of pocket gardens along the high street
  • Declutter redundant signage
  • Work with TfL to optimise the operation of traffic signals at existing junctions

The process

The council is consulting on the detailed design having taken into consideration the findings of the first public consultation which took place in February - March 2018 and engagement with the Kensal Consultative Group. Following this second consultation period the design team will review and consider any comments received and will look to incorporate where appropriate before the proposals are finalised.

How can I get involved? 

The council want to provide the community with the opportunity to comment on the details, and to make suggestions for improvements. If you would like the opportunity to comment on the proposed design, please fill in our online questionnaire.

The closing date for the consultation is 31 July 2019.

Please come and talk to us at Moberly Centre staff room (25, Chamberlayne Rd) on Saturday 13 July from 11am to 4pm and at Kensal Rise Library (Bathurst Gardens) on Tuesday 16 July from 6pm to 8pm.

What happens next

Following this consultation, the design team will review and consider any comments received and will look to incorporate where appropriate before proposals move into the final detailed design stage.

We envisage that the construction will be phased over a 2-year period subject to funding availability and to reduce the impact of construction work on the local community.

Further information will be provided later this year.

You can keep updated via this webpage which will be updated as the project develops. 

Background Information

In 2016 Brent Council, in partnership with Transport for London (TfL), appointed a project team to develop a concept design looking at ways of improving public realm features and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists in the Chamberlayne Road area.

The Chamberlayne Road public realm study included the length of Chamberlayne Road / Kilburn Lane from Whitmore Gardens to Harrow Road and including Station Terrace. The output from the study formed the basis of a bid for TfL funding, essential to progress the scheme to the next stage. A copy of the evidence report and appendices are available below, including early option designs. Please note that the ideas, options and visualisations included in these previous reports have been superseded by the scheme currently being consulted upon.

At that time, Councillor Eleanor Southwood said:
"This report is an important landmark in our work to improve Chamberlayne Road. 4 local residents’ associations, local councillors, council officers and our consultants, Urban Flow, have developed an exciting vision for the future of the area.
The focus has been on reducing congestion, improving air quality and making Chamberlayne Road a pleasant, safe place to enjoy. The next stage is to identify potential funding sources so that we can start to make our vision into reality.”

Kensal Corridor Masterplan Presentation

Download report and appendices