BOSTON Road links the Uxbridge Road with the Great West Road.
Among the vehicles that use it are some of the heaviest around. The pounding that this road surface gets is compounded by the 'dragging' that occurs when articulated vehicles are forced to manoeuvre with tight turns at junctions, such as when they turn into Boston Road from the Uxbridge Road and when they turn into Trumpers Way from Boston Road.
Some months ago, a pothole approximately two inches deep appeared in the Boston Road out side the Queen Victoria public house in Hanwell exposing the original road surface of wooden blocks.
In the days before the Second World War, as most people know, trams ran from Shepherd's Bush to Uxbridge along the Uxbridge Road and also to Brentford along Boston Road and Boston Manor Road.
The tram lines were recessed and the road surface was paved with wooden blocks, end of grain upwards. The blocks were impregnated against deterioration in the same way as the old wooden railways sleepers.
Boston Road is therefore a durable wooden road with a veneer of tarmac.
SIDNEY G CARTER