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An artist's impression of what the Islip Manor/ Mandeville Road will look like after improvements work is complete. Visuals includes wide pavements, greenery and no entry points.

New vision for active travel in Northolt

Work has started on a £1.3million highways project in Northolt, which will see a range of improvements including dedicated 2-way cycle tracks, shared footpaths, new and upgraded crossings and better access to the village green.

The planned road works on Mandeville Road are a major part of the broader Visions for Northolt regeneration programme.

A large part of Visions for Northolt this programme is to deliver a ‘connected Northolt’. This community-led vision for the town is delivering active travel, highways and other improvements that will make a difference to all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.

Addressing traffic, road safety and pollution

Local residents have told Ealing Council that addressing traffic, road safety and pollution in the area is a priority, and highlighted poor connectivity and the need for improved pedestrian and cycle routes. This includes:

  • new pedestrian and cyclist crossings
  • safer and, in some areas, wider cycle and footways
  • street furniture, such as lighting, seating, cycle storage and bins
  • new stretches of protected cycle lane, which prevents vehicles from crossing/entering the lane
  • better signage for routes and landmarks
  • accessibility improvements to bus stops
  • new planting and rainwater capture to improve air quality and biodiversity.

As well as highway improvements to make it easier for people to travel in active ways, such as walking, cycling, scooting, running, jogging or skating, the shopping area will have some new paving and 30-minute stop and shop parking bays will be introduced.

Mandeville Road is a busy area for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. Highway engineers have designed the scheme to minimise disruption.

The initial phase of the work will be managed by cordoning off construction areas and narrowing traffic lanes. There are no plans to close any part of Mandeville Road, although pedestrian access may be limited on one side to safely cordon off construction spots.

Before work began, the council’s highways team wrote to businesses and residents notifying them of the work. There will be further engagement with businesses that may be temporarily affected by construction outside shops, planned for early autumn.

As the projects progresses, some local side roads may need to be closed for a few hours during the day but affected residents will be notified in advance. Any impact of the work will be minimised by extending working hours or working overnight if required. 

The work taking place on Mandeville Road has been directly influenced by residents and business in the area in line with the council’s Travel in Ealing Charter. Around 700 people gave their views about improvements to Northolt’s street scene as part of engagement and consultation that took place in spring 2023.

If you would like to receive updates about the work or find out more about the project’s vision or ambitions please email visionsfornortholt@ealing.gov.uk. Contact highwaysservices@ealing.gov.uk for any highways-related project queries or technical questions.

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