New Scheme to prevent local rat-running

Layout changes planned for Chiswick Road and Acton Lane by the exit to Sainsbury's

A new ‘Green Areas’ scheme for Chiswick Road and Acton Lane is being implemented by Hounslow Council to attempt to eliminate through-traffic on Chiswick Road - which currently carries more than 400 vehicles per hour. The road has been a popular rat-run and had even been recommended in the Evening Standard Motoring section as a short cut.

The project also includes a range of measures to improve the local environment and provide easier access for pedestrians to tube and bus stops.

Following extensive consultation on five options earlier this year, the Council say that local residents and businesses overwhelmingly supported the proposal to reverse traffic flow on Chiswick Road to discourage through-traffic.

The chosen scheme also involves reconfiguring the Acton Lane / Chiswick Road / Essex Place junction to provide a simpler layout which will be safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
The first phase of the scheme, to widen Acton Lane and put in a zebra crossing, and to construct an entry treatment across Essex Place, has already begun.

Chiswick Road "Green Areas" Scheme

Funded by Transport for London, the work is being carried out by Hounslow Council, and the entire project is scheduled for completion by the end of July.

Hounslow’s Executive Member for Cleaner Greener Neighbourhoods, Councillor Ruth Cadbury, said: “This scheme heralds a major and long-awaited improvement to the Chiswick Road environment. The new one-way system will be particularly welcome for local residents, as it will effectively put an end to the ‘rat-running’ along their street.”

For more information, please telephone Tim Slack (020 8583 5206) or Russell Roberts (020 8583 5204), or email the Transport Team at

May 8, 2003

Council Consults on Chiswick Road Proposals

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