Prepare For Months of Traffic Chaos!
Council announces three major sets of road works in the area
The Bedford Park Society is warning local residents to prepare for months of traffic chaos as Ealing Council announces three major sets of road works in the area.
From April 26th work commences on replacing old gas mains in St Albans Avenue, Rusthall Avenue, Acton Lane, South Parade, Southfield Road, Beaconsfield Road, Bridgeman Road, Clements Close, Evershed Walk, Wilkinson Way, Gladstone Road, Winston Walk, Carlton Road, Steele Road, Graham Road, Somerset Road and Bayham Road. This will entail partial closures, one-way systems, temporary traffic lights and parking bay suspensions. The work is expected to take eight months.
Emergency repairs are also needed for a collapsed foul sewer at the junction of Acton Lane and Cunnington Street, so Ealing Council is closing part of each road for at least a fortnight from April 19th.
Meanwhile, Network Rail track repairs on the London Overground line to Richmond will mean closing part of Bollo Lane on certain weekends. Next date is May 29th, with threats of further dates.
All this is in addition to the traffic disruption caused by regular tube closures for ‘planned engineering works’ with herds of replacement buses trundling down Chiswick High Road and Turnham Green Terrace, not to mention on-going road works all round West London.
The Society’s chairman, Peter Eversden, told ChiswickW4.com, “This makes nonsense of Ealing signing up to a new deal in which utility companies need permits from the local authority to carry out works affecting streets. The new system was supposed ensure officials can co-ordinate the timing of road works and even insist companies work on the same stretch simultaneously.”
He contined, "All the works have been signed off by Roger Jones, Ealing’s Director of Environment and Leisure, who may not have looked at either a map or a calendar when he did so. However, the man taking the flak will be Mr. Gnanamoorthy Viyasar, whose phone number is given on all three official notices."
Peter Eversden suggests residents should either emulate the Society's deputy chairman, Peter Murray, who uses his bike to get around London, or invest in some good walking shoes.
April 26, 2010