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Experimental traffic calming to slow lorries in Hillingdon road

Residents in West Drayton are being asked to share their thoughts on new traffic calming measures introduced by Hillingdon Council. These measures were implemented due to complaints about dangerous driving.

Feedback is sought on changes made to Tavistock Road, including the addition of chicanes created by removable planters at the sides of the road to slow down large vehicles. Additionally, new air quality monitors have been installed to check emissions levels.

The council responded to concerns about dangerous driving by commercial vehicles from industrial units on Trout Road. These experimental measures were put in place in March and will last for a year.

Affected residents have been contacted for their opinions. Comments are welcomed during the first six months of the trial, with final feedback requested at the end of the 12-month period.

Motorists are reminded to drive carefully and respect the new calming scheme. Recently, a truck driver damaged one of the planters, prompting a police investigation.

Cllr Jonathan Bianco, Hillingdon Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Property, Highways and Transport, said: “We’re committed to creating safe and strong communities and being a green and sustainable borough.

“These measures seek to allay long-term concerns from residents about a minority of motorists using a residential urban road in an irresponsible manner. We’ve chosen measures that will slow traffic without the increased noise associated with speed humps.

“While we’re sympathetic to commercial drivers and appreciate they’re from local businesses, residents’ welfare and safety is our priority, so we’ve taken the appropriate action and will review it accordingly in due course. Meanwhile, we urge motorists to consider the safety of residents and respect this experimental scheme.”

The scheme has been funded by Transport for London.