We are making public realm improvements in Kensal Rise to make it easier and more pleasant to get around by foot, as well as reducing traffic congestion on the main roads through Kensal Rise into central London (known as the ‘Kensal Corridor’).
We would like to thank everyone who contributed to our public consultations in March 2018 and July 2019. This scheme was developed working collaboratively with the Kensal Consultative Group, (APRATA, KRRA, KTRA, QPARA and the Kensal Rise Business Association), as well as TfL and London Buses.
The consultation showed majority of residents support the proposals. The Kensal Corridor Masterplan was consulted on in March 2018 with 80 per cent of respondents in support of the proposals.
Following this successful consultation, the scheme progressed to a detailed design with a further consultation in July 2019 with 86 per cent of respondents in the area supporting the proposals.
Construction work will be phased into different stages. The first phase started in August 2021 and the project is expected to be completed in May 2022.
What are the changes?
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
What can I expect during the works?
During construction we will do everything we can to minimise disruption.
To keep those working on the construction sites safe, during the course of the construction works, we will at times need to suspend parking in areas surrounding the works.
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. At that time, Councillor Eleanor Southwood said:
"This report is an important landmark in our work to improve Chamberlayne Road. Four 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.”
The scheme has been fully consulted on two separate occasions, with substantial support (over 80%) for the project objectives and identified measures, including that from representatives from the majority of the Kensal Consultative Group that was set up to help steer the community project involvement. The scheme progressed to detail design and there was a further consultation July 2019.
Kensal Corridor Masterplan Presentation
- View the Kensal masterplan presentation (.pdf, 2.71MB)
Download report and appendices
- Urban Flow- Corridor Study Issues and Opportunities (.pdf, 6.32MB)
- Appendix A- Corridor Study Engagement Summary (.pdf, 2.75MB)
- Appendix B- Corridor Study Bus Tracking Report (.pdf, 813.0kB)
- Appendix C- Corridor Study Drawings and Visualisation (.pdf, 3.17MB)