WEST LONDON TRANSIT SCHEME
against Uxbridge Road trams claims Chiswick
streets could be brought to a standstill by
Save Ealing's Streets campaign
is urging Chiswick residents
to lobby against the planned
Uxbridge Road tram claiming
it could mean a substantial
amount of displaced traffic
ending up on Chiswick's roads.
29th May this year, Ken Livingstone
announced that he was giving
the go ahead for the West London
Tram scheme. Over the next year
Transport for London and Ealing
Council will work on the detailed
proposals which the are expected
to be put out for consultation
in summer 2003.
Wetzell, Vice-Chair of Transport
for London, has now promised
an investigation into the issues
being raised by local residents.
existing tram system operating
in Croydon. Copyright Mark Jansen
have been expressed about the narrowness of
the Uxbridge Road particularly at Acton High
Street which is likely to have to be closed
to through traffic if the tram scheme is implemented.
The buildings are 13 metres apart at the narrowest
point with 17.3 metres required for four lanes
Council's residents were not consulted about
this plan because the tram will not pass directly
through the Chiswick area. However, some residents
in Homefields ward will live less than 300
yards from the scheme. Ealing Council residents,
including those in Chiswick, received forms
and 86% supported the concept of a West London
Transit system with the tram being the most
popular option. 38% preferred this technology,
with 22% for the next best option of a trolley
bus. Opponents of the scheme claim the consultation
was invalid because it was not made clear that
sections of the Uxbridge Road would need to
be closed to traffic in certain sections.
transport campaigner Peter Eversden said, "The
diversions of existing traffic described in
the TfL report are amazing. Eastbound traffic
would have to leave the Uxbridge Road and use
Askew Road and Goldhawk Road to reach Shepherds
Bush. (They would then join a percentage of
the extra 30,000 cars daily that will be trying
to reach the White City Retail Park.) Acton
High Street is to be closed to all vehicles,
apart from trams and buses. "
claimed that there has been no estimate of
the impact in residential streets nor of the
number of drivers who will use other routes
than those defined saying that many will join
the current rat-run that uses Popes Lane, Bollo
Lane, Southfield Road and/or South Parade to
reach Goldhawk Road. If that road is then blocked
by the White City Retail Park traffic and vehicles
diverting from the tram route, he believes
Stamford Brook Road will be at a standstill
and Chiswick High Road will get far more traffic.
He urged the use of high capacity "bendy-buses"
as a more viable transport alternative for
the Uxbridge Road.
Save Ealing's Streets campaign is planning
a rally outside the GLA building on 16th October
when a petition will be presented to Ken Livingstone.
of this issue on the ChiswickW4.com
Ealing's Streets - Details about the Campaign
Story So Far - Documentation relating to the
Says Yes to West London tram scheme
in Acton June 2002 ActonW3.com
Uxbridge Road will get trams, Chiswick will
get traffic." October 2001 ChiswickW4.com
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