Wednesday 15 January 2020

Review of 2019

Welcome to the new decade. In the last year we saw a lot of proposals for new street schemes in Ealing. Here's what happened in 2019 with an update on what we can expect in 2020.

Construction started on the East-West Cycle Superhighway alongside the A40 between Acton and Wood Lane (above). It was originally scheduled for completion by the end of 2019, but the discovery of unknown ground utilities, which have had to be moved, has delayed progress. TfL now expect it to be finished by the end of March 2020.

Ealing council consulted on a section of the proposed cycle route between Ealing Broadway and Greenford. We wait to hear details of the proposed plans.

The council revealed plans for the section of The Broadway, outside Ealing Broadway Station. The proposals would have removed parking for 60 bicycles, and didn’t include the long-proposed contra-flow cycle lane. Many thanks to the many of you who responded to the consultation. The council is now reconsidering the plans. We will let you know when we hear more.

The council announced that it is bidding for money from TfL for a Liveable Neighbourhood scheme in the centre of Ealing. It has held initial drop-in consultation sessions. If successful, this could transform the area making it much more pleasant to walk and cycle. TfL should announce the successful bids in February 2020.

The council consulted on the West Ealing Liveable Neighbourhood. The proposals contained many good features, but did little to reduce through traffic in the area south of the Broadway. Many thanks to all of you who responded. The council is now looking to reduce rat running in this area and is holding new consultations.

We joined TfL engineers on a tour of the A40 subways and gave them feedback on their plans to remove the barrriers that currently obstruct the shared-use paths. Three years ago we submitted a report on the subways and Ealing Council has already improved the ones they are responsible for. We expect to hear back from TfL any day. Hopefully work will take place in the coming year.


Brent and Ealing Councils, together with the Old Oak Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) put in a bid to TfL for funding for a £11.5m Liveable Neighbourhood scheme in Park Royal. If successful this will improve cycle facilities and create a joined up cycle network in the area. TfL should announce the winning bids in February 2020. If successful, the scheme will take 3-5 years to complete. More info here.

As part of its Healthy Streets around schools initiative, Ealing council consulted with people living near Perivale Primary and St John Fisher Catholic Primary to investigate the feasibility of a Mini Liveable Neighbourhood.

The council extended the Boston Manor Road cycle path a short distance along Boston Road to provide protected cycle routes to the surrounding back streets.

Thank you
Many thanks to all of you who have responded to consultations. It really makes a difference. Please spread the word and encourage your friends and neighbours to help make our air cleaner, our streets safer, and transform Ealing into a healthier, more fun place to live.

We are plannning a full programme of rides for 2020 along with Dr Bike sessions and stalls at local events. All details will be on the Rides and Events page of our website. We always have opportunities for people to get involved, so please, if you're at all interested, do come along to one of our meetings. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm, in the Library, Questors Theatre, 12 Mattock Lane, Ealing W5 5BQ. All welcome.