Chiswick High Road to remain open as road closure only to affect Town Hall Avenue

The controversial plan to close a section of Chiswick High Road for a "Car Free Day" festival has been abandoned in favour of a less ambitious scheme. Instead, Town Hall Avenue, the short stretch of one-way road that splits Turnham Green will be closed.

The Council claimed that the consultation held last month showed that many local residents were in favour of the plan to close the High Road. However the Emergency Services indicated that other large events in London that day would stretch their capacity.

Over 700 towns and cities throughout Europe including 17 London Boroughs will be closing a street or area to all traffic for the day.

A Council spokesperson said, "The aim is to help people re-discover town centres without vehicle congestion, noise and pollution, to re-think the way we travel and to provide an opportunity to envisage a future with less reliance on cars."

Market stalls and information stalls will be set up for the day and there will be a variety of other events such as street performers, entertainment and games and activities for children.

If people would like to be actively involved in the event then contact Matthew Hinton on 020 8583 5205 or email

August 20, 2002

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