|Chiswick High Road Junction Upgrade To Last Three Months
Traffic disruption at key intersection with Turnham Green Terrace
Work has started on a major programme of improvement at the junction of Chiswick High Road and Turnham Green Terrace, which is expected to take three months. The work is causing traffic disruption at one of the key junctions in the area.
The works by Hounslow Highways include replacing traffic signals and upgrading pedestrian crossings to include 'countdown' timing signals. At present the eastbound approach to the junction is now effectively down to one lane, and there have been long queues at busy periods. People have also complained about the phasing of the temporary traffic lights.
The company said there would inevitably be "minor delays" to traffic. The work would be mostly undertaken in the daytime and there would be limited night-time working.
Residents in nearby Elliott Road have complained that they were given no advance warning and woke on May 29th to find themselves living on a "construction site", with three-month long parking restrictions along their street and restricted access.
Temporary traffic signals, including pedestrian lights, are being used at the junction between Turnham Green Terrace and the High Road. The pedestrian crossing in front of Sofa Workshop is not in use and there are temporary traffic lights at the junction between Annandale Road and the High Road. There are also parking restrictions in Elliott Road which are also expected to be in place until mid- August.
This upgrade is the first in what is expected to be a major programme of improvements and reconfigurations to the public highway (for road safety, traffic flow, pedestrian accessibility and sustainable transport purposes) designed by the London Borough of Hounslow in conjunction with Transport for London and timed to coincide with Hounslow Highways’ five-year core investment period of carriageway resurfacing, footway repaving and streetlight replacements.
New traffic signal equipment and timings, replacing the outdated equipment currently on site with new combined lighting and signal columns;
Minor kerb-line changes on the south side of the junction to allow for a dedicated 1.5m westbound cycle lane;
The scheme also features new pedestrian “countdown” signals, which will allow pedestrians to ascertain how long they have to finish crossing the road before the traffic lights go to green for Chiswick High Road traffic.
Most of the work will be undertaken in the daytime. There should be no banned turns, but there will inevitably be some minor delays to traffic while the works proceed, the company said. There will be some limited night time working to ensure minimum traffic disruption at key times.
"The Council have behaved in a way that was casual and discourteous that neither businesses nor residents were given any warning and still haven't been given any information", said a spokeswoman for the Society.
"People would expect either as a rule or a courtesy to be informed in advance of what is happening and how it would impact on their lives. We would also expect to have some point of contact. None of these things have happened."
She said that access to the road was now significantly restricted and half the parking had been suspended while noisy works were going on.