The Association often becomes involved with traffic and parking problems, either at the request of members or from direct discussion with Council officers. Ruislip is a very congested traffic area and there are severe limits on what improvements can be made. The number of dwellings in the wider area is increasing rapidly, which can only exacerbate the problem.
The London Councils website has much useful information on parking at this page:
The second part of the rebuilding of Ruislip High Street road surface started on Monday March 13th and is planned to last for up to 4 months. This will affect the North end of the High Street from the Ickenham Road junction to the roundabout with Bury Street and Eastcote road. As last year, there will be one way operation on the affected part with diversions, see details below:
HOW THE WORK IS PHASED
There are four phases of work, each taking approximately four weeks:
- Phase 1 is the southbound carriageway between Eastcote Road and Sainsbury’s.
- Phase 2 is the southbound carriageway from Sainsbury’s to the Ickenham Road junction.
- Phase 3 is the northbound carriageway from the Ickenham Road junction up to just past Sainsbury’s.
- Phase 4 is the northbound carriageway from just north of Sainsbury’s to Bury Street.
For the duration of the works there will be parking restrictions on the High Street between the Ickenham Road junction and the mini-roundabout, 24 hours a day. The junction between the High Street and The Oaks will also be closed for the entire period in both directions - the only access to The Oaks, including Café Rouge’s car park, will be via Church Avenue or Manor Road. Access at King Edward’s Road junction with the High Street changes during the project:
- Phase 1, 2 & 3 - no right turn out of King Edward’s Road,
- Phase 4 - closed in both directions.
During phases 1 & 2 traffic will still be able to travel north on the High Street. Southbound traffic will need to use the diversion route: Eastcote Road, Windmill Hill and Pembroke Road (shown on the map as a red dotted line). In phases 3 & 4 the opposite situation will apply - traffic will be able to travel south on the High Street, but northbound traffic will need to use the diversion: Pembroke Road, Windmill Hill and Eastcote Road.
Phases 1 & 2:
- the 331 towards Ruislip will be diverted onto Eastcote Road, along Windmill Hill and then down Pembroke Road to Ruislip Station;
- the H13 towards Northwood Hills will miss out the High Street, Ruislip Station and Windmill Hill and go along Eastcote Road to join its original route;
- the U10 towards Uxbridge will not serve The Oaks and run via Church Avenue and Ickenham Road instead.
There will be a temporary bus stop on Eastcote Road, near St Martin’s Approach, and we have asked for another on Church Avenue. Buses will run as normal in the other direction.
At present we do not have the plans for phases 3 & 4.
Maintenance checks to the road surface in the high street have revealed that remedial works are necessary and these works will take several weeks.
These road improvements are scheduled to begin on Monday 16 March and not be completed until Friday 15 May. A one way traffic system will be set up but inevitably there will be congestion and and delays, so give yourselves plenty of time for your travel plans.
Plan for diversions 16th March - 20th April (approx):- Ruislip_High_Street_Roadworks_Phases_12__3.pdf
Plan for diversions 20th April - 15th May (or later):- Ruislip_High_Street_Roadworks_Phases_45__6.pdf
Detail plan of phased works on the High Street:- Ruislip_High_Street_Roadworks_Phases_Key.pdf
Following receipt of a petition from residents in the 'RAF' estate, an area not covered by the Association, the Council has consulted residents in the Wood Lane area on a proposal to prevent vehicles entering Bembridge Gardens from Chichester Avenue. This would stop vehicles currently using Lymington Drive and Lysander Road as a cut through to avoid queueing at the White Bear roundabout. This proposal will not be implemented unless the majority of responses from the consultation are in favour.
Following consultation, the above proposal will not be implemented.
Early in April LBH's Safer Roads replaced the broken white lines marking the hatched areas to the north and south of the island with solid ones. The new markings have been installed on an experimental basis following several complaints from (unidentified) residents and Council officers' observations of near misses with vehicles (proceeding from West & Old Hatch Manor) treating the island as a roundabout. Safer Roads say the proposal was supported by Ward Councillors. The solid road markings will be reviewed after six months and any comments received regarding them will be taken into consideration before a final decision is made whether to keep or remove them.
From personal observation vehicles travelling to and from Warrender School are still proceeding across the hatched areas, having, of course, first given way to any traffic coming up Windmill Hill.
Incidentally, Safer Roads has also drawn my attention to rule 130 of the 2007 Highway Code which effectively means that you should only enter the hatched area to overtake a parked vehicle. So, strictly speaking, the island has never been able to be used as a roundabout.
The work, as shown on the attached drawing , included the following measures:-
• A new raised central dome with an outer ring of red surfacing to help improve
visibility of the roundabout
• New signs with yellow backing on all approaches to help improve visibility of the
• Wider refuge islands to provide deflection and help moderate vehicle speeds
• Proposed footway resurfacing and tactile paving to improve pedestrian safety
Since completion we have received a number of comments, mostly adverse, which we will discuss with the Council.