Speeding drivers in a busy Harmondsworth road will be deterred by new restrictions.
Hatch Lane will get chicanes and a 20mph speed limit after villagers spoke out to Hillingdon Council about cars speeding down the stretch, reporting several accidents at its north end.
Hatch Lane is one of the more curious roads in the borough; almost rural at its midpoint, with fields and farms on either side, it ends at Bath Road, a few hundred yards from the runway of one of the world’s busiest airports.
People from the Heathrow Villages area were invited to view the proposals and give their views to transport officers from the council at a public exhibition in St Mary’s church hall, High Street, Harmondsworth, on Tuesday last week.
Work to adapt the road could start in the spring, subject to final approval by the cabinet.
Eilish Stone, who lives in Hatch Lane and is vice-chairwoman of the Harmondsworth and Sipson Residents’ Association, said stricter enforcement of speed limits, rather than any drastic changes to the road’s layout, would be preferred.
“I am pleased that the council is being pro-active about improving Hatch Lane, and something needs to be done to improve safety.
“The speeding is the main issue, but it also gets very congested during rush hour, particularly when something has happened on the M4.
“The easy solution, as I see it, would be strict enforcement of existing speed limits, using CCTV cameras, and the restriction of large vehicles.
“I have reservations that if these plans are implemented, and do not work and result in accidents, they might be extremely costly in financial and even human terms – and there will be nothing left in the budget to make changes.”
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