Major work to improve traffic, travel, transport links and road safety in Feltham will begin on Tuesday 29 May, resulting in the partial closure of Hounslow Road to all traffic and pedestrians for ten
Published: Thursday, 10th May 2018
At February’s Bedfont, Feltham and Hanworth Area Forum, it was announced that more than £15m 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.
South Western Railway has introduced ten carriage 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, the platforms will need to be extended. Following extensive consultation with local residents, a decision has also been made to close the level crossing.
From 29 May, Hounslow Road will be closed between New Road and Hanworth Road. This will allow the council to widen the highway, introduce traffic lights at the New Road junction and carry out improvements to the Hanworth Road junction.
While Hounslow Road is closed, traffic, including bus routes, wanting to access the town centre will be diverted via Browells Lane and Hanworth Road. This is expected to cause significant delays during peak travel times. Residents and visitors are being advised to revise their route and avoid travelling though the centre of Feltham if they do not need to access the town centre. Pedestrian access to all shops and businesses will be maintained.
To ensure residents can still gain easy access between Bedfont and Feltham town centre, Network Rail will build a new pedestrian/cycle bridge over the railway line and renovate the public space outside the station. Until this bridge is constructed, the level crossing on Bedfont Lane will remain open for pedestrians, cyclists and southbound traffic until after Hounslow Road has reopened.
A Hounslow Council spokesperson said: “Our ambitious plans for Feltham are beginning to take shape, and these improvements to traffic and travel mark the start of our bold regeneration programme.
“We have considered how to improve road safety and traffic flow around the town centre. This coupled with the improvements planned by Network Rail to increase capacity, and eventually service, at Feltham Station will make it easier for those who live work and visit the area to get around – and in less time.
“This work will take some time and there will no doubt be some initial disruption which we have tried to minimise as much as possible. We have set up a tailored bulletin for anyone affected by these works and I recommend as many people as possible sign up for these alerts so we can keep them informed about the works as they progress.”
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