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BT has applied to remove several phone boxes from Chiswick High Road and replace them with new InLinkUK monolith structures featuring video display advertising.

They have submitted a planning application to Hounslow Council for two sites, one to remove a phone box at 382-383 Chiswick High Road (opposite Rymans) and another unspecified location, to remove a phone box "from the wider street scene."

A similar application has been made to Hounslow Council for Brentford High Street. This is part of a borough wide scheme to install InLinks in 19 locations replacing BT payphones.

The InLinks will carry display advertising and according to BT will also feature community information as well as providing free wifi high speed broadband.

They will also enable people to make free phone calls to UK numbers. InLinks have two display screens for commercial and council advertising and also can provide power-only USB ports and other features. They are designed to be accessible for all, with hearing induction loops, braille information and screen access for wheelchair users.

At 89x28cm they take up a much smaller footprint than existing phone boxes and the aim is for each new unit to replace two old boxes.

InLinkUK is a London-based technology company working in exclusive partnership with BT. They say the removal of existing payphones and installation of InLinks will provide a range of free services to enhance the public realm and improve the amenity and digital connectivity of local communities in urban areas. It will result in more space on the pavement which will benefit the local community.

new INLINK boxes

If you wish to read more, or comment, you can do so on the Council's Planning website

November 30, 2018

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