A DANGEROUS junction in Heston is set for a £160,000 overhaul after new proposals won the backing of residents and councillors.
There have been 16 serious accidents in Heston Road, between the junctions with Church Road and New Heston, during the last five years – five of which involved pedestrians.
Plans to improve safety on the short stretch of road, including widening pavements and creating new crossings, were first announced in January.
But some of the measures proposed proved unpopular with residents, who claimed they would increase congestion on the busy road and reduce the amount of parking available.
Among the least popular of the changes suggested were plans to increase the hours of the southbound bus lane and to create separate stops for the 111 and 120 buses by the war memorial.
Following consultation with businesses and householders in the area, a new set of plans was drawn up by council engineers.
Footpaths would still be widened and crossings by the top of Church Road and by the war memorial improved under the latest proposals, but plans to alter the bus lanes and create new stops have been dropped.
The new-look design also includes more parking than the original, and retains plans to remove some guard rails and the staggered pedestrian crossing halfway along the stretch of road. It was supported by residents and councillors at last Thursday's Heston & Cranford area committee meeting.
The latest proposals, for which funding has already been secured from Transport for London (TfL), will now go out for consultation before coming back to the committee for final approval, according to officers.
David Blackett, chairman of Heston Residents' Association, objected to the original plans but said he was happy with the latest proposals.
"I think the public consultation was a very successful process and as a result of that the council's engineering team have listened to the concerns of the public and made appropriate amendments."
He added that it was important to keep traffic moving on the road, which carries some 13,000 vehicles a day.