A MULTI million pound new traffic scheme for Harlesden has been given the green light by the council.
The authority approved ‘Option B’, which will see traffic banned from the High Street, at a meeting last week .
The decision came after a public consultation in which two options were displayed to the public and fifty-five per cent of respondents favoured plan B.
The Harlesden Town Centre scheme designed by the council in partnership with Harlesden Town Team aims to ‘improve the local environment’ by reducing the impact of vehicles and improving conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.
Leroy Simpson, chair of the Harlesden Town Team, a group made up of elected an non-elected locals, said: “The committee’s decision to proceed with the design of the town centre scheme for Harlesden is warmly welcomed by the Harlesden Town Team and the wider community it represents. This is a major step towards realising the aspirations of the Town Charter and making Harlesden a wonderful place to live, work and play.”
The plan, which was rubber stamped by the Highways Committee includes:
- Wider footways for pedestrians.
- More trees planted to make the streetscape more attractive and help improve air quality.
- Reducing street clutter by removing unnecessary signs and guard rails.
- Providing new bicycle parking and more accessible bus stops.
- Enforcement of parking offences using CCTV cameras.
The scheme will also prohibit all though traffic in High Street Harlesden between the Jubilee Clock and Tavistock Road, with only buses and cyclists and delivery vehicles allowed to use this section of the high street, before 10am and after 4pm.
There will also be major changes to traffic flow.
Three-million-pounds has already been provided by Transport for London from the Major Schemes Programme, with additional money coming from section 106 developer contributions and other funding.
The detailed design will be finalised in consultation with Harlesden Town Team and other interest groups later this year with work commencing in spring 2013.
To find out more see www.brent.gov.uk/harlesdentown