Brentford connection

brentford connectionPlans have been published for a scheme to create a waterside connection between the Great West Road and Brentford High Street.

The project – ‘Making the Connection’ – aims to create a simple and attractive route for walkers and cyclists to encourage more people to visit the high street as part of plans to regenerate Brentford town centre.

The council are consulting on the proposals to connect the Golden Mile, Brentford Market Place, the Grand Union Canal and the canal-side sheds north of the town centre.   Cllr Ruth Cadbury, cabinet member for regeneration at the council, said: “There is a lot of work being put in to help revive Brentford, and this project will make it easier for people on the Golden Mile to visit and shop here.

“It’s not just about better signs and lights – which are important – but making it easier for cyclists to visit, and improving the public space to encourage socialising and events.

“Alongside the other ongoing developments in the town, these changes can help improve the High Street and its surroundings, helping us attract more visitors and workers into the centre.”

The project is being funded by the Mayor’s Outer London Fund, the council and local stakeholders.   Works are due to start next financial year after the design phase finalises in April 2013.

A design team led by Kinnear Landscape Architects developed these proposals after an initial period of research in the town.   The proposals are on show at www.thebrentfordconnection.com.

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