Students sitting A level and GCSE exams in or around Feltham are being urged to rethink their journey to school or college once major road works begin in the town centre later this month.
Published: Wednesday, 16th May 2018
Anyone travelling through Feltham by car or bus from Tuesday 29 May could experience increased journey times as Hounslow Council starts work which will result in a ten-month part closure of Hounslow Road between New Road and Hanworth Road.
The impact of the road’s closure will result in bus diversions and congestion at peak times.
The road closure will allow the council to make improvements to traffic flow on Hounslow Road in advance of the closure of the level crossing at Feltham Station. Improvements to the existing junction will include widening the highway and the introduction of traffic lights.
While Hounslow Road is closed traffic, including bus routes, wanting to access the town centre will be diverted via Browells Lane and Hanworth Road.
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: “We have contacted all schools and colleges in the area to make them aware of the upcoming roadworks and highlight the impact they will have on staff and student journeys.
“Exam time is one of the most stressful periods of a young person’s life and we want to make sure that anyone sitting an exam in June allows extra time to get to school or college.
“We have been working closely with Transport for London to ensure that information about bus diversions is made clear to travellers in advance of the road works starting. They have produced a map which outlines where to catch buses from, which we have complemented with details about any revised routes and diversions.
"We will be starting work during summer half term week and strongly recommend that both parents and students visit our website to find out more about how these works might affect them before embarking on their usual journeys.”
To receive regular updates about the project, register your details online by visiting www.hounslow.gov.uk/felthamworks where you can also find out more information about the project.