Archive for March, 2015

Ealing Council is preparing for the final stages in the £4.3million project to improve travel for commuters around Ealing Broadway, after work on the initial phase has been finished on time.

Since 2013 the council has been working on a number of improvements to the area known as the Ealing Broadway Interchange, which includes the Ealing Broadway Station forecourt, and the area around Haven Green.

Already completed work includes improvements to Madeley Road roundabout, resurfacing of the shared pedestrian/cycle path across Haven Green, repaving along the western and north side of Haven Green and upgrading pedestrian crossings.

Removal of a large part of the boundary wall and removal of parking in the area has opened up the Ealing Broadway forecourt.  The forecourt was also resurfaced and a new pedestrian crossing installed. And access to live train, tube and bus information has been improved with a new information board.

The final phases of work will begin in mid-April. They include:

  • Overnight resurfacing all of the roads around Haven Green and its paths
  • Reseeding and re-turfing worn parts of Haven Green, especially by the bus stops along the diagonal road through Haven Green
  • Widening the diagonal footpath
  • Creating  a new shared cycle/pedestrian path north of the cycle hub up to the Madeley Road roundabout
  • Replacing bus shelters with improved modern shelters
  • Repaving and removal of street clutter along the east side of Haven Green
  • Repaving and removal of guard rail to the southern end of The Broadway.

Work will also begin in preparation for Crossrail and the council is looking in to how it can provide more cycle parking near Ealing Broadway station.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “Ealing Broadway is one of the busiest stations outside of zone 1 and we’re committed to delivering an improved interchange.

“Considerable investment has already gone in to improve the situation for commuters using Haven Green and the space outside of the station. I am delighted we are continuing that commitment to improve the interchange so commuters and visitors can have a vastly improved experience. Feedback I’ve received suggests that our initial changes have already made a significant positive impact – and there’s more to come.”

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Work will start next month on replacing the borough’s old street-lights with new, energy efficient LED lanterns, saving the council over half a million pounds a year whilst also making streets safer.

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Ealing’s 24,000 streetlights are maintained under a 25-year PFI (private finance initiative) contract and SSE Enterprise Contracting is responsible for their on-going maintenance.

The existing outdated high-pressure sodium lights will be replaced with the latest LED lanterns as part of SSE Enterprise Contracting’s normal maintenance programme. All of the new lights will be installed by October 2016.  Ornate streetlights in conservation areas will not be changed to LED for now as the technology for these types of lights is not sufficiently developed yet. When it is, they will also be updated.

The council is investing £6million in the switch, but it is estimated that it will result in between 43% and 50% in savings in the annual street lighting electricity bills; around £400,000. The council will also save around £100,000 a year in maintenance costs as LED lights are more reliable and last for longer.

The council will make further savings on the amount it has to pay for the new Climate Change Levy that came into force last year. The council is now obliged to pay £16 per tonne of carbon it emits, which works out at more than £80,000 a year using the old type of lights. LED should reduce that figure by around half.

In addition to the financial savings, the new lights will bring other benefits. The ‘white light’ that is emitted makes it easier for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to see at night; reducing night time road traffic accidents and reducing the fear of crime. The LED lanterns will be designed so they can take advantage of future innovations.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “Everyone wants to save money on their energy bills and, given the significant savings we have to make, this deal is a no-brainer with better lighting and significant savings for the council and residents.”

Mark Rough, SSE Enterprise Contracting Group Operations Director, said: “Street lighting technology has developed significantly in recent years, both in terms of performance and efficiency.

“It is therefore no surprise that Ealing Council is keen to take advantage of the benefits that come with upgrading to LED technology and we are delighted to be working with the local authority on this project.”

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The way that Ealing’s parking permit system operates will change from 6 April as the council moves away from paper permits towards electronic, or virtual, ones.

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Ealing Council will no longer be issuing paper resident permits. Instead, in the same way as for vehicle tax, permits will be live on the council’s system once the application has been processed and payment received. The electronic permit will be linked to the car’s registration and civil enforcement officers will be able to check valid permits using handheld electronic devices.

This will make the application and renewal process faster and more efficient, because residents will no longer need to wait for paper permits to arrive in the post.

The council will also stop issuing paper visitor vouchers. Instead, all visitor parking will have to be purchased using the RingGo telephone service. This will mean that, once registered, residents will be able to buy visitor parking instantly, without any form-filling or risk of vouchers going missing in the post. The electronic vouchers will also remove the risk of making a mistake when using scratch cards, which can lead to a penalty charge notice.

All service vouchers, temporary permits (dispensations), business and car park permits will also be issued electronically.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “The move away from paper permits makes sense. This is the same system that the DVLA uses for vehicle tax and it will save residents hassle and will save the council money.

“The new system is convenient, easy to use and means that residents won’t have to rely on the post for their paper permits anymore. Anyone whose current paper permit is coming to an end will receive their usual renewal letter from us with more details of the electronic permit and how to reapply.”

To find out more, go to www.ealing.gov.uk/parking. To register for RingGo, go to www.myringgo.co.uk or download the RingGo app.

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