Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Many of you have complained either to me directly or on Twitter generally about the gridlock that seized our neighbourhood and meant an average journey time down just the Uxbridge Road was about 45 minutes judging by my own and others’ experiences. As I write the roads according to the BBC are seizing up yet again.
And despite many of you copying the Westfield PR team, who seem to pump out self-congratulatory tweets every five minutes, with your questions and gripes they have seen fit to completely ignore all of them.
So it seems despite the very welcome demise of the Western Extension Zone, we now have another source of traffic chaos in W12. And just like Mayor Ken and TfL before them who rode roughshod over local people, Westfield seem not to care one little bit about the impact they are having on those of us who live in this neck of the woods. This was of course predicted back in 2008 but it seems to have taken till now to really bite. Having said that residents of Macfarlane Road and others right opposite the centre have been putting up with this ever since the centre started to be built.
So what to do? First stop is the Council, but there are also other public bodies that are impacted by the traffic crisis – I saw several police cars and ambulances with sirens blazing but completely unable to make any progress on Uxbridge Road in the two days I got caught in the grind up and I suspect that had a direct impact on whoever it was they were trying to reach or transport. I know the local police read this blog so I would urge them to make their views known.
I’m also going to be in touch with Cllr Nick Botterill, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Deputy Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham to see what the Council might be able to do. Cllr Botterill is one of the more effective members of the administration and has in the past responded very quickly to issues in Shepherd’s Bush and sorted them out – especially when some cowboy builders left the Green in a state.
Watch this space – and leave any comments you want put to the Council in the comments below.
30 December UPDATE: The Chronicle has caught up with this story here - note some of the similarities even in the description. "Gridlock" anyone?
Posted by Chris Underwood at 15:27