South Parade resurfacing to take place this week

Image above: Works have been taking place on the road since the end of October. Picture: Facundo Arrizabalaga/MyLondon

Ealing Council says delay to work is unlikely as concerns for delays raised

A scheduled road closure is set to have an impact on South Parade for at least two days this week, marking the culmination of a five-week long project to repair the kerbs.

So far, the closure has only affected a single lane on the carriageway at any given time and contractors have removed temporary traffic lights during non-operational hours.

Considerable delays are likely in the area when the road undergoes resurfacing. The closure is slated for Monday, December 4, and Tuesday, December 5, with the potential for extension into subsequent days in case of unforeseen delays.

The closure will span the distance from the Fishers Lane roundabout to the junction with The Avenue. Previous closures rerouted traffic up The Avenue and along Southfield Road to reconnect with South Parade via Acton Lane.

This diversion is expected to redirect a significant volume of traffic through other residential streets in the Bedford Park and Acton Green area. Ealing Council said they expected minimal disruption.

Entry into Esmond Road, The Orchard, Newton Grove, and Bedford Corner will be restricted during this period..

The entirety of the road project is scheduled for completion post-resurfacing, bringing relief to local businesses concerned about its adverse impact on Christmas shopping. One café owner highlighted the cumulative effect of South Parade works, additional roadworks, and traffic constraints, resulting in commutes ballooning from a 10-minute trip to an hour-long ordeal.

Ealing Council has repeatedly dismissed calls to reopen Fisher’s Lane, which critics regularly call for whenever there are road works nearby. LB Ealing councillors ratified a recommendation in September 2021 to make the traffic restrictions on Fisher’s Lane permanent, which was approved by Hounslow Council in 2022 – as the road spans across both boroughs

Despite concerns raised, Ealing Council refutes the idea of any serious delays attributable to the South Parade works. They say neither London Buses nor Emergency Services have registered apprehensions about the timing of the ongoing project.

A council spokesperson cited the borough’s tradition of halting all highway works in town centres for three weeks leading up to Christmas. This measure aims to mitigate disturbances during the festive period.