Investment of £6.25 million to improve Ealing’s roads

Images above: road works in Ealing (Photo by Ealing Council)

Improvements geared towards making cycling, walking and running safer

A £6.25million funding programme to improve LB Ealing’s roads, pavements and streets, and to support people walking, running, cycling and scooting, has been approved by Ealing Council.

The plans will see around 80 roads, tracks and pavements across all seven towns targeted for repairs, enhancements and servicing, starting this month and continuing throughout the year. The plans are part of a four-year, multi-million pound Highways Improvement Programme and also feed into the council’s wider climate action strategy through greener streets and safer routes for active travel such as walking and cycling.

The condition of roads, streets and tracks is monitored through an annual condition survey, monthly safety inspections for main roads and inspections every three months for smaller roads. This information is used figure out which roads, tracks and pavements need renewal or repair. The council’s website shows the current list of planned renewal and repair activity so residents can check.

When renewing or repairing roads and streets in the borough, the council’s contractors use a ‘warm mix’ asphalt rather than ‘hot mix’ which reduces energy use and CO2 emissions. Warm mix asphalt produces 10-15% less greenhouse gas emissions and has other benefits including a reduction in traffic disruption and noise pollutions, as roads can be opened quicker than when using hot mix asphalt.

Images above: Ealing Council, Ealing Council Leader Cllr Peter Mason

New investment helps council to deliver on residents’ priorities, says Cllr Peter Mason

Ealing Council Leader Peter Mason said increasing the budget for highways is part of an extensive range of measures which help to immediately address residents’ priorities.

“Investing in our roads, tracks and pavements improves road safety, supports people walking, cycling, running and scooting, and helps to tackle carbon emissions.

“We are already getting started on making these improvements and are ambitious with what we want to achieve. It is not a case of just going out and making repairs or resurfacing, we are enhancing our streets and roads wherever possible as well – for example, looking at how we can make it easier for pedestrians to cross, or those with mobility issues or disabilities to safely get around.”

Councillor Mason added:

“We are going to look for opportunities to re-green, re-grow and re-wild our streets, by planting more trees and creating biodiverse, sustainable urban drainage systems to minimise flood risks.

“We are listening to local people about where they think we need these changes, as part of our commitment to an open, transparent, and inclusive council. Resident feedback will help us to identify barriers to sustainable travel and improve things wherever we can.”

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