Has the pre-employment training realised many jobs at Westfield London?
12.6.5 A Crossrail station would be the route out for seeking a job – there is no evidence to support it making North Kensington a good place to develop offices for outsiders to commute to. All the research evidence on the effect of new transport on economic development in inner city areas is that the route in is also the route out and that benefits tend to go to areas which already have advantages. In short, North Kensington residents may be able to access jobs in the Central Area, but few people will come to work in North Kensington. In any case, office developers tend to be conservative in their choice of locations – even the Tesco site on West Cromwell Road and the Ark in Hammersmith were too off-pitch for the market. The viability of a new employment hub may need rather more than a new station – Paddington Basin may just about work – a well-connected, high public transport accessibility and capacity area. Ladbroke Grove is another ball game – bit too “aspirational”!