Kensal Corridor

Brent Council working in partnership with Transport for London (TfL), have developed proposals to improve the Kensal Corridor, comprising Chamberlayne Road (from Clifford Gardens to Buller Road), Kilburn Lane (from the Buller Road to the Harrow Road junction) and Station Terrace.

Design studies sponsored by TfL and undertaken by Brent Council with transport and public realm consultants, have led to funding being secured from TfL to develop a scheme to improve bus reliability, traffic flow and the public realm. Through careful design, the scheme can also be expected to deliver improvements to road safety and conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Kensal Consultative Group which represents members of the residents’ associations and businesses in your area (APRATA, KRRA, KTRA, QPARA), along with Queens Park Community Council (QPCC), Queens Park ward councillors and council officers, have been fully engaged throughout the design process. They have given extensive support to the scheme and published the following statements:

  • Aylestone Park Residents' and Tenants' Association (APRATA) "strongly supports the proposals, and feels they tick many of the boxes of suggestions made by the public at the Urban Flow consultation in June 2016. When implemented they will be a huge improvement to the Chamberlayne Road scene”.
  • The Kensal Rise Residents' Association (KRRA) "supports the project and look forward to an improved local high street that's fit for purpose.
  • The Kensal Triangle Residents’ Association (KTRA)” is happy to support the proposals contained in the project report and look forward to the Public Consultation phase”.
  • Queens Park Area Residents and Tenants Association (QPARA) "are pleased to confirm that QPARA supports Urban Flow and Brent proceeding to consultation on the scheme”.
  • Kensal Rise Business Association (KRBA) representatives “are very excited about the proposals for the high street and [provide their] whole-hearted support” to the scheme.

Your comments

The Council consulted on the  proposals between 22 February 2018 and 30 March 2018. View the Kensal Corridor Consultation Leaflet 

Following the favourable outcome of this public consultation, further scheme development and implementation funding will be sought, provided the scheme progresses successfully through TfL's continuing approvals process. The scheme is in full accordance with the Mayor's Vision for London, including the Healthy Streets approach.

In supporting the proposals, Councillor Eleanor Southwood, Queens Park Ward and Lead Member for Environment says:
“Over the past few years, residents have been raising concerns about traffic congestion, safety and increasingly, air quality in the area. We’re really pleased to be supporting this public consultation and would love to hear the views of as many local people as possible. Residents and businesses have worked together with the council and TFL to get us to this point and we’re excited about seeing the scheme evolve and deliver much needed improvements along the corridor.”

  • Cllr Ellie Southwood
  • Cllr Neil Nerva
  • Cllr James Denselow

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Questions and answers

For more information about the proposals read the questions and answers below.   

What is the Chamberlayne Road Public Realm Improvement Study?

In 2016, the local community was consulted on the Chamberlayne Road Public Realm Improvement Study, to give their views on the issues and opportunities for their local area.

As this community-led study progressed, transport planning and public realm consultants, on behalf of Brent Council and in partnership with Transport for London, have kept engaging with resident associations in your area and have further developed the proposals.

Today, Council is consulting the local community on the scheme design proposals to collect comments and feedback to further progress the scheme. 

What will happen next, once the consultation is complete?

The design will be further reviewed taking into account comments and feedback from the consultation.  Then further scheme implementation funding will be sought, provided the proposals progress successfully through TfL's approvals process.

The scheme will then be subject to detailed design and associated civil engineering work, and statutory consultation, before being constructed.

Does the scheme include provision for cyclists and pedestrians?

Yes, improving accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists along the route is a central objective and has been carefully considered alongside the needs of all users in progressing with more detailed designs.

Do the proposals contribute to addressing air quality?

Yes, the proposals contribute positively to local air quality improvement to benefit the environment through positive actions, including minimising standing traffic, making walking and cycling more attractive for local people, improving traffic flow, minimising unnecessary bus movements, optimising servicing and delivery movements, planting new street trees, and introducing more electric charging points and car club facilities. 

Did you consider the needs of wheelchair users and the visually impaired?

Yes, we have designed the scheme taking into account disabled users’ needs and concerns.

Have the public had opportunity to engage in the design process and proposals earlier?

Yes, local people, community groups and businesses have helped shape the concept designs through active consultation and engagement throughout the development of the proposals.
Additionally, the Kensal Consultative Group which represents members of the residents’ associations in your area (APRATA, KRRA, KTRA, QPARA), have been fully engaged throughout the design process and have given their full support to the scheme.

Did the public get a chance to provide their views on the public realm design?

The aspirations and comments of local people, community groups and businesses through consultation and engagement helped shape the concept designs in the report.  

Will the public get a chance to provide their views on the detailed scheme design?

Yes, the local people, community groups and businesses will be consulted during the statutory consultation process for the detailed scheme design.  We are keen to involve as many local people as plans evolve further and will advertise opportunities for input on this page.

What about other issues regarding Chamberlayne Road / Kilburn Lane and Kensal Rise areas?

General comments about Kensal Corridor can be sent to highways&


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