Hounslow Road in Feltham is set to fully reopen tomorrow following completion of road widening works as part of the Feltham Town Centre Traffic and Transport improvements programme.
Published: Tuesday, 13th October 2020
The carriageway was closed in May 2018 to carry out a programme of road safety improvements which were required for the level crossing to be removed. This was to enable Network Rail to lengthen rail platforms at Feltham Station so that the station could accommodate longer ten-carriage trains. Additional work was undertaken at the same time to improve road safety and bus journey times.
The scheme has led to widening of local roads, new traffic signals, road safety improvements for pedestrians, new bus stops for the 490 and 285, better access into the station and foundations to allow for a new ‘tagalong’ footbridge to be installed (subject to future funding). When this footbridge is implemented this will significantly improve the space available for pedestrians accessing the town centre from the north. In the meantime, the council has widened the existing footway to help ensure pedestrians can observe social distancing when using the route. Given how narrow the road is at the top of the bridge this has meant that for safety reasons we have had to temporarily restrict its use by large good vehicles, a restriction we will keep under review.
Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport at Hounslow Council said:
“It’s great to see Hounslow Road fully reopen again with improved safety and access arrangements benefitting all road users in the area. We acknowledge that the delays to completing these works have inconvenienced people of Feltham significantly, which is regrettable. We have commissioned a full review of the project to learn and implement changes to how we undertake these significant road improvements in the future.
“Now, the works are complete, we can all look forward to the benefits of much improved road and rail infrastructure in Feltham, along with the completed works on the High Street, Browells Lane junction and Victoria Road.”