Northolt may be easier to navigate next year, after highways improvement work to widen Petts Hill Bridge and ease traffic congestion.
Ealing and Harrow Councils together with Network Rail and Transport for London are replacing Petts Hill Bridge, changing two traffic lanes to four, and adding new pedestrian footpaths and cycle lanes.
This, along with changes to the signal timings for buses at the Petts Hill junction, aims to remove the pinch point along Northolt Road and improve traffic flow.
Enterprise Mouchel and Birse Rail are doing the work, which will complete by January 7. Ealing Council cabinet member for regeneration and transport, Councillor David Millican, said: “Not only will this scheme bring relief to drivers tired of traffic jams, it will also make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and improve the railway and public transport links."
Further work will begin in Spring 2009, including a wider bus lane, improved pavements and pedestrian crossing facilities, and extra traffic and cycle lanes.