Petition against the closure of Fishers Lane and Turnham Green Terrace in Chiswick to cars
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Fishers Lane and Turnham Green Terrace in Chiswick have been closed to cars by Hounslow and Ealing Councils as part of the governments emergency COVID legislation to encourage cycle use and walking.
However these closures have been brought in at very short notice with no local consultation regarding it’s impact on the community in the area. As a result when driving, large detours are now required to get across Chiswick from the north to Chiswick High Road in the south. The closure of Turnham Green Terrace also means that local business‘s and shops are affected as people struggle to access the area by car or park there.
Consequently for people that have to drive, there is now significant inconvenience with longer journey times with resultant increased congestion and pollution around the alternative roads including Acton Lane and Goldhawk Road. It will also potentially become a lot more dangerous for cyclists who use these and other residential roads with the resultant increase in traffic.
These closures have been introduced with good intentions. However improving local cycling, encouraging walking and discouraging car use would be better served by introducing safe protected cycle lanes and more facilities to park and lock bikes rather than blocking local main roads to cars increasing pollution and congestion on alternative roads.
Please sign this petition to demonstrate to Hounslow and Ealing Councils that the local community needs to be consulted before introducing such significant changes to the roads.
Most importantly please also submit your views on these changes to both councils to ensure your voice is heard. TrafficNotices@ealing.gov.uk and https://haveyoursay.hounslow.gov.uk/traffic-and-transport/streetspace-feedback/
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