Archive for February, 2015

Transport for London (TfL) have announced they will be conducting footway and carriageway works on the A312 Church Road, Northolt, between the White Hart roundabout and Langtry Road in March.

The proposed footway works will take place on Mondays to Fridays only and will begin on Monday 2 March for 14 nights until the morning of Friday 20 March. The hours of operation of these works will be between 08:00 and 18:00. During the nights, there will be traffic management put in place between 22:00 and 05:30 which will include lane closures, parking suspensions and localised pedestrian management. There will be a 1.2metre clearance to kept at all times on the footway. This is required for safety reasons.

The carriageway resurfacing works will take place on the Friday 20 March for 5 nights untilThursday 26 March. The hours of operations will be between 22:00 and 05:00. There will also be full closures and diversions taking place during these nights.

If you have any questions or would like additional information then you can contact TfL Streets Customer Services department on 0343 222 1234; email at customerservices@tfl.gov.uk or via the web at www.tfl.gov.uk/contact

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Ealing Council has given the go ahead to install an innovative new lorry alert system on its fleet of Light Goods Vehicles (LGVs) to improve cycle safety in the borough.

 

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz riding alongside an Ealing Council contractor vehicle fitted with the Cycle Safety Shield system

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz riding alongside an Ealing Council contractor vehicle fitted with the Cycle Safety Shield system

Thought to be the first local authority in the UK to use technology of this kind, the Cycle Safety Shield system works by recognising pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycles in a 360 radius of the vehicle and warns the driver if a collision is about to occur. By filtering out other objects, the system eliminates unnecessary distractions for the driver. An alarm will only sound to the driver if a cyclists or pedestrian becomes too close to the vehicle. The system also scans the road ahead for speed signs, road markings and other vehicles, so it can notify drivers if they are travelling above the speed limit or if they drift into another lane. It also ensures drivers keep a safe distance behind vehicles in front, and automatically dims the lorry’s high-beam lights if on-coming traffic is detected.

In addition to road safety, it is estimated that using the system will also result in a fuel cash saving of £1000 per vehicle per year by improving driver behaviour.

The council decided to install the system on its fleet of vehicles after undertaking a six-month trial in 2013, which resulted in preventing 15 potential serious collisions with vulnerable road users and a 20% improvement in driver behaviour. The council has been given £60,000 by TFL to fund the installation with Murrill Construction and Amey also contributing to the costs.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “We are committed to reducing lorry danger because we know they are involved in approximately two thirds of cyclist deaths in London. This technology can save lives and prevent more families having to experience the heartbreak of losing their loved ones in road accidents.”

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Do something good

BubbleEaling Council has launched a new initiative, Bubble, aimed at helping residents connect with each other and make a difference to where they live.

Bubble is about where people live, what they like to do, and changes they want to make to improve their communities. One way of doing this is through a new website www.dosomethinggood.org.uk.

The website is somewhere for residents to connect with other people, groups and resources. It will help people looking to get involved with a project already happening, anyone hoping to start something new and is looking for people to join in and anyone looking for help for themselves.

Until 22 February, to help people get started, the council is offering to help pay towards the cost of the project, with sums of £50 – £500 available.

Successful applications will need to demonstrate how their plans will make a difference to the community, bring local people together and what the money will be used for.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “The new site is the way forward for people with great ideas to connect with the people and tools to make their plans happen. It doesn’t have to be something big, it could be something small, it just needs to be something good. The fund is only available for the next month, and we really hope people come forward so we can help them, and show others how easy it is to get on and make a difference to where they live.”

Applications are available from the neighbourhood governance team via email at yourwardmatters@ealing.gov.uk or call 020 8825 6426 for more information. Details are also available through bubble www.dosomethinggood.org.uk/funding.  Applications need to be made by 10pm Sunday, 22 February. Successful applicants will be informed a few weeks later.

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