Around Ealing Spring 2014 - Page 18

SOUTHALL BIG PLAN On the road If you live in Southall, or have recently visited, you probably will have noticed the work taking place along the Broadway, which is a crucial part of the £11million project to transform the town. Katherine Higgins reports. I mprovements are progressing well and the Broadway is now gearing up for a temporary one-way system which is planned to begin at the end of July. This could impact on anyone travelling to or from the area. Once completed, the street improvements will see wider pavements to give pedestrians a safer and much more attractive place to browse and shop. A key feature will be a long ‘island’ strip down the middle of the road, replacing the signal-controlled crossings. An artist’s view of how it will look 18 around ealing Summer 2014 This strip will make it easier for people to cross safely when they like and where they like, by doing it in two halves instead of waiting for a signal crossing. Narrower road lanes will also slow down cars, allowing for a smoother flow with no more stopstart at traffic lights. Council leader Julian Bell said: “It is a fundamental part of the Southall Big Plan, which consists of lots of different projects in partnership with local groups and businesses to: Offer education, training and job opportunities; enhance the attractiveness of the shopping area to boost trade and attract investment; help improve safety; promote healthy living; and generally encourage the community to get involved in making the town a better place to live and work. “The council is working with Murrill Construction Ltd to plan and implement the Broadway transport project so work can be carried out along Uxbridge Road and connecting streets as quickly as possible. Multiple teams of construction workers have been working in different sections at the