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Controversial ban on motorists turning into Ealing road to start on Monday

The move to ban motorists from turning into the road is claimed to be a way of easing congestion

The ban turning left from Longfield Avenue will begin on Monday (April 18)(Image: Google Maps)

Controversial plans to ban drivers turning into an Ealing road will come into affect on Monday (April 18).

Labour Ealing Council will ban motorists from turning left into Uxbridge Road from Longfield Avenue, and turning right from Uxbridge Road into Longfield Avenue.

The move, which sparked a row among residents and councillors last year, come as part of a road safety trial in Ealing town centre.

It is argued by the council that, following a "number of accidents" at the junction, the move has been made to ease congestion so it is safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Two pedestrians injured last year

Executive director of regeneration and housing, Pat Hayes, said: "There have been a number of accidents at this junction, including two last year where pedestrians were seriously injured.

"We will be closely monitoring the impact on local traffic and road safety during the six-month trial."

The council also claim the ban is an attempt to prevent rat running, known as cut-through driving where motorists use secondary roads, cemetery roads or residential side streets instead of the intended main road.

It is further claimed by the council that the ban was made based upon information provided by Tfl and Met police .

Anyone who makes an illegal turn will receive a penalty charge notice, although road signs have been promised to alert drivers of the ban.

'Absolutely outrageous'

But Susan Dean, who has lived on the nearby Gordon Road for more than 20 years, said the ban will create chaos as motorists seek alternative routes.

The chair of the GRASS Resident Association, which represents households in Ealing, believes Gordon Road, and the roundabout in it, Carlton Gardens and Carlton Road will all face major congestion.

She added: "All these big yellow signs have have appeared in the road and I think it is absolutely outrageous.

"A lot of drivers will not be able to turn into Longfield Avenue, they will look for alternative routes and there are not many crossing points.

"I think people might head up to Gordon Road which is also a bus route, I think it will be quite a struggle.

"And I think the residents will be severely affected because they won't be able to get out of their drive and it will be much more difficult for them to get into these roads."

'Move the problem not solve the problem'

Conservative Cllr Alex Stafford, who represents the Ealing Broadway ward, said the plan would be ineffective and only serves to "move the problem not solve the problem."

He added: "The local residents association are very concerned and I think the council should listen to them.

"It will move the problem not solve the problem by moving the congestion to residential areas with more chance of accidents and air pollution."

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