Tuesday, 31 May 2011
The Two Sillies and Crossrail confusion
K&C Tory Leader Councillor Sir Merrick Cockell showed his ignor-oops poor officer briefing while stating his support for the bid for a Crossrail station at Kensal Gasworks as it would give ‘a direct link to Heathrow’.
This misconception has been repeated by other Conservative Councillors at previous meetings, and by none other than Malcolm Rifkind MP, who stated in the Kensington and Chelsea Chronicle on 20 May ‘Establishing a Crossrail station would .. strengthen the local community’s links .. by providing a direct line to both Paddington and Heathrow’.
This is totally incorrect; Kensal would be the final stop to the west of this line. To go to Heathrow, you would have to take the tube or bus to Paddington and then change to the other Crossrail line which serves the whole route – or take the Heathrow Express which would be quicker.
The really scary thing here is that the very people who are leading this campaign for a Crossrail station at Kensal Gasworks know so little about it. Are they really gambling £30m+ of public money on a project they are so ignorant of? Are they just a bit thick? Or is someone spinning them a line that it WILL take passengers to Heathrow, which is blatantly untrue?
So, ignorant? plain silly? or misrepresented? Take your pick.