Motorists still ignoring Fisher’s Lane closure

12 October, 2020 / by Matt Smith

Images above: cars coming and going down Fisher’s Lane – which is  only be accessible to cyclists and buses

Many motorists are continuing to completely ignore the restrictions on Fisher’s Lane since its closure at the end of July.

After a young man on a bike was injured on Saturday 10 October, hit by a car under the railway bridge, I went to see for myself if that had put motorists off the idea of driving down there. Within five minutes of being there I’d seen four cars driving underneath the bridge, from both directions.

The road’s closure was meant to improve cyclists’ safety and is part of wider changes to encourage walking and cycling across the boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow, but after almost three months since the changes were implemented, drivers are still flagrantly breaking the rules and putting cyclists at risk.

In an interval between the cars, a woman with a child bike trailer rode along towards Chiswick High Road.

Lack of enforcement

Lib Dem Councillor Andrew Steed found out in August that LB Ealing would not be enforcing the road closure with cameras due to ‘financial constraints’.

The revelation that there was no plan to enforce the new measures came during a meeting between councillors for Ealing’s Southfield ward and Ealing Council’s transport team on 25 August.

At the time of the meeting, Cllr Steed said he believed that residents would find the lack of enforcement pretty confusing.

“Surely this will only encourage people to continue to use Fishers Lane?” he said.

Image above: Chiswick Southfield Councillor; Andrew Steed

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See also: Fishers Lane traffic measures ‘will not be enforced’ by Ealing Council

See also: Turnham Green Terrace Traders blame traffic restrictions “mayhem” for a dramatic drop off in trade

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