Steve Norris joins Save Ealing Streets in Acton
Group protests against possible closure of High Street
Streets asked residents to join them outside the main entrance of Safeways
this Saturday to publicise and protest against the proposed closure of
Acton High Street to make way for the tram.
described the turnout for a previous demonstrations in January and February
as "excellent". They have had a series of meetings with TfL
which focussed mainly on the pinchpoints and the environmental impact
statement. They have also discussed the forthcoming consultation and the
timetable. Although TfL have increased the number of people working on
the project, Save Ealing Streets still believe that there is a big question
mark whether it will receive government funding.
Save Ealing Streets have stressed this to TfL and argued that failing that, the tram and traffic must be allowed to share the roadspace on the Uxbridge Road, especially in the eastbound direction where the current plan would not only route Uxbridge Road traffic down a residential road (Mill Hill Rd), it could also cause chaos at the Gunnersbury Lane/Uxbridge Road junction (a key north/south crossing point which is already heavily congested).
They also made it clear that forcing westbound traffic up to the A40 would cause considerable problems in their opinion, including a huge detour for local people, and argued that there must be a route back onto Acton High Street rather than all traffic being forced up to the A40.
Consultation with local groups for the tram scheme will end in March with the TfL board to be asked to endorse the scheme at that time. Opinion polls will be taken with detailed consultation on traffic management being undertaken by Ealing Council. Assuming Ken Livingstone wins the Mayoral election in June the public consultation will proceed. The following year there would be a public enquiry into the project's viability.
February 23, 2004