A Hounslow MP has called for an urgent review into a controversial road closure following complaints from a number of local businesses.
Church Street, in Isleworth , was closed to through traffic in December for a trial period of 18 months, following complaints about drivers using the narrow road as a “rat run”.
“I’ve been approached by a number of businesses in Brentford and Isleworth who have been badly affected by the traffic chaos caused by the closure and who have asked for my help,” she said.
“I have spoken to Cllr Curran and asked him to bring forward the review of the closure as a matter of urgency, preferably to six months rather than 18 months.
Her comments came as a second protest march against the closure took place on Saturday (January 30).
Tamsin Turner, who helped organise the rally from Busch Corner to Shrewsbury Walk, said 150-175 people had been involved at the peak – more than the estimated 100 people who participated in the previous march in December.
She said that number included people of all ages, with many “new faces” among those turning out this time.
Nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition opposing the closure, which critics say is causing lengthy tailbacks on surrounding streets, especially Twickenham Road.
Some local businesses have spoken of a disastrous impact on their operations, with one saying it is looking to move out of the borough as a result.
However, the closure has been welcomed by some local residents, who said the volume of traffic using Church Street beforehand had posed a risk to pedestrians.
Critics have said the council is also in talks with local residents about the possibility of also closing North Street, which they claim would increase congestion and air pollution on surrounding roads.
Report due this autumn
Council leader Steve Curran said: "I'm grateful for Ruth Cadbury's interest in the trial closure. She will know only too well of the many requests over decades the council has received for a traffic management programme for Church Street and North Street that reduces the impact of through traffic on residents' quality of life.
"By trialling the closure of the road for this length of time, we believe it will be clear what the impact would be from a permanent arrangement. This will provide final clarity on an issue which has been debated for many years.
"A shorter time frame could give rise to the claim that not enough time was allowed for the local network to fully adapt to the closure and so the true impact of the measure would not be known - despite all the disruption and cost incurred.
"There will be a report on the impact of the closure of Church Street to the Isleworth & Brentford Area Forum in 2016, around the half way stage of this trial - September/October 2016 - and there will be opportunities for councillors to consider the time frame of the trial at the same time."