Work is well underway to transform the junction at Uxbridge Road and Church Road, Hanwell. When finished, it will be safer for pedestrians and make car journeys quicker.
Residents were consulted last year on a number of planned improvements to the Uxbridge Road through Hanwell and West Ealing. The changes to the Church Road junction were given priority, because of local people’s concerns with the safety of the existing crossings.
The old traffic lights have been removed and a mini roundabout installed. Signalled crossings will now be installed either side of the roundabout on Uxbridge Road and zebra crossings on St George’s Road and Church Road.
The zebra crossings will be ready for pedestrians to use by next week. Transport for London is responsible for installing the signalled crossings on the Uxbridge Road and the council is pushing to have them fully operational as soon as possible.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and customer services, said: “Campaigners in Hanwell have been calling for a safer crossing at this junction for years and I have been committed to overturn the rejections we have had in the past from Transport for London to install them. I am delighted that after years of work my promise to make this busy junction safer will come to fruition as well as improving the traffic flow. “I have seen how replacing traffic lights with roundabouts has cut queuing times in other parts of the borough, and it is already helping at this junction. Even when the signalled crossings are in place and working, the switch to a roundabout will keep the traffic flowing, but not at the expense of the crucial safety of pedestrians.”
Further works to improve the Uxbridge Road through Hanwell and West Ealing are scheduled to start in early 2015. For more information go to www.ealing.gov.uk/transport