Funding secured for Feltham’s multi-million-pound makeover

Hounslow Council has secured £15.6 million to kick-start their ambitious plan to enhance Feltham town centre.

Published: Wednesday, 28th February 2018

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Hounslow Council has secured £15.6 million to kick-start their ambitious plan to enhance Feltham town centre. 

At the Bedfont, Feltham & Hanworth Area Forum this month (February), it was announced to residents that funding from Hounslow Council, Network Rail and Transport for London will result in the permanent closure of Bedfont Lane level crossing and the beginning of major improvements set to benefit the town.

Network Rail is introducing ten car trains to increase capacity between London Waterloo and Reading, and proposes to increase the number of services from December 2018. To enable the longer trains to open all their doors at Feltham, and to eliminate the safety risks that were present at the level crossing, a decision was made to extend the platforms and close the level crossing following extensive consultation with local residents.

To ensure residents can still gain easy access between Bedfont and Feltham town centre, Network Rail will build a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the tracks and renovate the public space outside the station.  Following the consultation, the council approved further measures to improve road safety and bus journey times between the station and Heathrow Airport, and to minimise the impact of the level crossing’s closure on surrounding roads.

Work will begin in the summer and take approximately ten months to complete. During this time Hounslow Road will be closed between New Road and Hanworth Road. Traffic wanting to access the town centre will be diverted via Browells Lane and Hanworth Road. The level crossing on Bedfont Lane will remain open for pedestrians, cyclists and southbound traffic until after Hounslow Road has reopened.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “After years of preparation, planning and consultation with residents the Feltham masterplan is beginning to take shape.

“Our vision for the area will transform the town centre, bring thousands of new homes, improve transport links and create a vibrant retail, leisure and entertainment offer.

“These changes won’t happen overnight and there will undoubtedly be some disruption to people who live and work in the area, but the benefits will far outweigh the inconvenience.

“The improvements will benefit generations to come and truly put Feltham on the map as a place which people flock to visit and are proud to call home.”

 

To receive regular updates about the project, register your details online by visiting www.hounslow.gov.uk/felthamworks

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