Kilburn Arches

We manage 51 arches under the railway east and west of Kilburn station. The arches require investment to make them suitable to let to small and medium businesses. We want you, the community, to help us shape the vision for these spaces by replying to our survey.

We will continue to provide space for small businesses while also making sure the arches better contribute to Kilburn and the High Road.

We need the community to shape the arches so that they are adaptable to the needs and wishes of local people and visitors, and are safe and welcoming for all

We manage 51 arches under the railway east and west of Kilburn station. The arches require investment to make them suitable to let to small and medium businesses. We want you, the community, to help us shape the vision for these spaces by replying to our survey.

We will continue to provide space for small businesses while also making sure the arches better contribute to Kilburn and the High Road.

We need the community to shape the arches so that they are adaptable to the needs and wishes of local people and visitors, and are safe and welcoming for all. We are currently speaking to our existing arch customers, local groups and the community so that we can come up with plans that work long-term.

As plans progress, we will make sure these are shared widely for comment and collaboration. If we haven’t spoken to you yet, please get in touch at kilburnarches@tfl.gov.uk.

Next Steps

I am pleased to inform you that we have submitted our planning application to Camden Council for our Kilburn Mews project following a year of extensive engagement with the local community. We plan to invest in the Mews, restoring many arches to a usable condition while bringing in a range of different business uses and improving the public realm.

Our planning application has now been validated by the local council. You can access this at https://accountforms.camden.gov.uk/planning-search/ inputting Application Number 2022/3578/P. Comments can be added until 13th October 2022.

We will continue to work with the local community throughout the project and into the future.

The history of Kilburn Arches

Kilburn station was opened in 1879 as Kilburn & Brondesbury station on the then Metropolitan Railway. The station is above ground and the tracks run along a viaduct supported by railway arches.

The legacy of the Metropolitan Railway can still be seen on the bridges outside Kilburn station crossing over the High Road, even though the station is served by the Jubilee line.

Kilburn Arches later became home to local businesses. Over 93 per cent of businesses in our arches across London are small businesses.

Tell us your experiences of Kilburn

We recognise Kilburn is a fantastic community that has evolved over many years to be the cosmopolitan place that we know today. 

If you have any experiences with the site or wider area please do let us know as this will help the team develop our proposals around the needs and ideas of the community. 

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  • Communities need more than Coffee!

    by CAFordwych, 4 months ago
    The units in front of Kilburn station used to be really useful: news, snacks, greetings cards and Oyster cards; dry cleaning; shoe repair/key cutting; and above all, the Florist - a wonderful place for both regular bunches and for special occasions; - birthdays, weddings and funerals. All the shops had friendly, helpful staff and the thousands of regular users of the station were able to get what they needed quickly and easily.

    Now it is just a load of coffee shops. I understand that the old shopkeepers had to leave because the rents became too high. How can it be... Continue reading

  • The best florist in NW London

    by Luko, 6 months ago
    ... used to be just outside Kilburn station, but closed suddenly and the shop was emptied soon after (pre-lockdown). Enquiries pursuing the florist established that one of the problems they had was a high rent demanded by TfL. The site was then empty for over two years, which meant both no community asset and presumably also no income for tfl. It has now become a coffee shop, to add to Costa in the station (the former newspaper kiosk), a long established cafe on Exeter Rd, a new one in the former sweet shop in front of the station, and the... Continue reading
  • Cycle

    by Late, 7 months ago
    I cycle past here everyday. I always think wouldn’t it be cool if they could put a cycle Lane alongside the train tracks, and remove it completely from the road, by running it all the way along the track and through the arches, maybe even taking it under / over ground at the junction with the tube station
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