Hayes Town centre is to have a significant amount of money spent on improvements over the next two years.
In total, around £2million has been set aside for a new “town square” next to Hayes Station, and adjoining the part-completed Ballymore development at High Point Hayes. There will be a new bus interchange, landscaping and pedestrian links to the canal.
The Station itself will also be improved, with £700,000 to be spent from the National Station Improvement Programme. The station, which will be on Crossrail, is likely to have a new ticket office created on the town square, connecting it better to the town than the present one on the railway bridge.
The council is hoping these improvements, together with the advent of Crossrail, will help generate 9,000 new jobs in Hayes and neighbouring West Drayton by 2026. Both towns are very close to Heathrow, but don’t generate the wealth they could do from this proximity, and some areas of Hayes are among the most deprived in the country. There was a session organised focussed on improving Hayes at the Place West London Conference in 2009.
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