Southall facelift work set to start

by Jim Dunton Thu 31 October 2013, 5:30 pm

A multi-million pound scheme to transform the face of Southall is set to enter a new phase next month.

Ealing Council is due to begin work on the Broadway phase of its “Southall Big Plan”, which will see the area’s main thoroughfare benefit from road and pavement improvements, as well as the introduction of new street furniture and lighting.

Four "islands" will be installed down the middle of The Broadway and the road will be resurfaced, changing its appearance and making it safer for pedestrians to cross and for cyclists and other traffic to travel through.

Pavements will be widened, with new granite paving laid and new street lights, benches and bins installed. New trees will also be planted.

Raised paving will also be added at the entrance to all side roads adjacent to The Broadway, creating shared pedestrian-and-traffic zones.

The project is being funded with £3.5 million from the Mayor of London’s Regeneration Fund, as well as cash from Transport for London’s Local Implementation Plan and money from Ealing Council.

Council leader Julian Bell said that 1,400 local people had helped to shape the big plan for the area by offering their opinions on the changes they wanted.

“This project really is a great example of community collaboration and there are so many exciting changes to come for the area - I’m looking forward to watching the community grow and transform over the next five years,” he said.

Earlier this month, Ealing’s cabinet gave the green light to more improvements in Southall, agreeing to upgrade areas on The Green and King Street, as well as to redevelop the area in front of the Lidl supermarket in High Street to turn it into a public space for events and markets.

Other projects include improvements to the entrance to Southall Park and the proposed transformation of a piece of land in front of St John’s Old Church, in King Street, into a new public space.

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