Ruislip Residents' Association

Splendid improvemens to the Victoria Road retail area of Ruislip Manor!

The improvements to the Victoria Road retail area are completed - at last!  The work went on for months, but the outcome was worth all the inconvenience it caused.

Victoria Road    The railway bridge    New seating

From the traffic lights near Ruislip Manor station to the roundabout with Cornwall Road, the Victoria Road pavements have been completely renewed - and are a joy to behold.   Lighting has been replaced too and numerous trees planted - all to the benefit of local people.  New seats on the wide pavements allow shoppers to take a rest.   There is substantial parking for cars, with room for wide vehicles to pass each other without causing a traffic jam.  The railway bridge has been painted and now bears a sign announcing proudly that this is "RUISLIP MANOR".   A fortune has been spent, for which thanks are due to the Mayor of London's Fund and Hillingdon Council.

Simultaneously, Victoria Road has been resurfaced  throughout and beyond the retail area, and a matched fund scheme has led to many shopfronts being renewed and modernised. Local residents can now be proud of where they live!

A scheme of this size is never without problems, particularly the issue of precisely where the improvements start and stop.   Pavements have been updated to the traffic lights.  However,  shops between the railway bridge and the traffic lights were not included in the shopfront scheme, to the chagrin of long established retailers, themselves excluded, who saw newcomers a few doors away benefit hugely.  At the roundabout end of Victoria Road, there was no benefit to either the shopkeepers or the pavements.  In contrast, at the crossroads in the retail area, pavements have been replaced in Southbourne Gardens in front of the library and trees planted, and similar improvements have extended into Shenley Avenue in front of Shenley Park.  It is impossible to please everyone all the time, but we sympathise with all those who lie  just outside the limits of this major undertaking.

Published in Retail Areas on 11 May 2014.
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