Ealing makes transport shortlist

Ealing Council’s highways team has been shortlisted for a London Transport Award for its work on improving local shopping parades.

The council spent £1.5million sprucing up ten shopping parades between winter 2010 and summer 2011. Under the programme roads and pavements were resurfaced, park benches, rubbish bins and signs were installed, new trees planted and the areas were made safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

New disabled parking bays were also installed near to health centres and chemists shops. And parking and loading restrictions were simplified to make it easier for people to visit their local shops. More parking and loading spaces were also introduced where possible.

Following on from the success of these ten schemes, the council has decided to fund £500,000 of improvements to a further five shopping parades. The next areas to receive a face lift are Dudley Road, Southall; Greenford Road, near the junction with Kings Avenue; Ruislip Road, near the junction with Ferrymead Gardens; Oldfield Lane North, near Greenford station; and Southfield Road, Acton.

Work has already started on the Dudley Road site and the rest will be started in early 2013.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and the environment, said: “Local schemes like this make a big difference to people and businesses and go a long way towards helping to make Ealing a better place to live.”


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