Fishers Lane closure postponed
Ealing Council wake up to potential traffic chaos in Chiswick
The planned closure of Fishers Lane for repair works to the railway bridge has been cancelled by Ealing Council. The road which provides an link between South Parade and Chiswick High Road would have been shut for up to four weeks.
Astonishingly, the council's transport planners had failed to consult with their counterpart in Hounslow. If they had they would have learnt that delayed works on Acton Lane were already causing delays and a new layout at Belmont Road was about to be completed. Closing Fishers Lane would have diverted traffic to Acton Lane or the increasingly gridlocked Turnham Green Terrace.
Fortunately a contributor to the ChiswickW4.com discussion forum spotted the Council's notification of the works in an Ealing newspaper and posted a message about the planned works. There it was seen by Hounslow's Head of Transport, Chris Calvi-Freeman, who had been previously unaware of the plan and a meeting between the two transport departments was hastily arranged.
There have been several complaints by users of ChiswickW4.com that matters relating to the part of Chiswick that is in Ealing Borough tend to be ignored. Unfortunately, despite several requests to various departments of the council over the last few years, Ealing does not provide information to this site or indeed its sister site ActonW3.com.
Ealing Council is planning a multi-million pound investment to improve communications with the public which may lead to an improved flow of information.
November 3, 2003