High Street Safety Plan for Acton
Exhibition at Acton Library Friday Nov 9
Ealing Council are consulting with Acton residents over a major scheme to make the High Street safer. They have sent the consultation document to over 4,000 households mainly in the roads leading to and from the High Street and the Vale.
In an effort to reduce casualties on the roads, the Council plan to bring in traffic calming schemes and safety schemes by installing pedestrian crossings, introducing cycle training and making major changes to the road lay-out, including making Market Place a 'no right turn' from Acton High Street.
We spoke to two of the businesses on Market Place. Mrs Davda of CD Electrical Security and DIY told us: "I have strong feelings about this. If cars can't turn right into Market Place, we will lose out on passing trade. People won't come in to the shop. There are some useful parking spaces outside and people tend to stop there and pop in to the shop. If this is made less convenient, it will make it hard for us." Mr Ladha of Marketplace Health Foods said: "I've been trading here for 20 years. Stopping the traffic driving up Market Place would be bad for my business."
Anyone wishing to take part in the consultation must reply to the Council by November 19th.
A Public Exhibition will be held at Acton Library
• Reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the road by 50%;
The Council want to reduce casualties by:
Acton High Street Safety Scheme
Acton High Street has a high accident rate compared to other similar roads in the borough. Since 2004, there has been 1 fatality, 9 serious and 76 slight personal injury accidents, of which 35 involved edestrians. The Council proposes to introduce a package of measures to create an urban safety zone in Acton High Street.
scheme aims to improve safety and the quality of
the streetscape, which would enhance the
liveability of Acton Town Centre area.
The Council is also producing a development
framework that will set out the strategic context
for future development in Acton Town Centre
and offer proposals for key sites and buildings.
This would contribute to achieving the overall
vision for Acton. The proposed safety scheme will
Zone 1: 20 mph zone along part of Acton High
Street including gentle raising of road surface to
pavement level at key locations; banned right
turn from High Street to Market Place (with
exemptions for buses and cyclists); extended right
turn lane at the junction with Steyne Road;
provision of loading bays; footway improvements;
kerb realignment and reduced street clutter
along the High Street.
November 2, 2007