Residents trying to get onto the A40 at Greenford and users of the Greenford roundabout face the prospect of more traffic jams this February half-term after Thames Water have announced they will need to carry out works on a collapsed sewer.
The sewer has collapsed under the outside lane on the westbound section of the A40 and Thames Water will be closing this lane as well as, crucially, the slip road providing access from Greenford onto the westbound A40. The proposed work will take place over the February half-term (February 16th-24th). A 40mph speed limit will be put in place on the stretch of the Western Avenue where the works will be taking place and diversion signs will be erected signing people to head to the Hanger Lane and back for a 5 mile round trip to go west; however the impact at Perivale could be worse as many will undoubtedly try to save some time and turn at the junction above the Perivale underpass.
The news hits commuters less than six weeks after the Greenford flyover had to be closed for vital works to reinforce the structure, which caused traffic mayhem on surrounding roads.
Cllr Bassam Mahfouz said, “This couldn’t come at a worse time. Many residents across Northolt, Greenford and Perivale complained to me after spending hours in tip to toe, blood boiling, road rage inducing levels of traffic during the last holiday period and now they have the prospect of more of the same. I appreciate that these things aren’t planned; they have to be done and the holiday period minimises the impact but residents should be made fully aware of the impact this will undoubtedly have on local roads and so they can at least make a choice before heading off. Appropriate and sufficient signage to warn residents ahead of time should be placed across Greenford, Northolt and Perivale to ensure residents learn about these closures by surprise sitting in traffic.”