Mon 30 June 2014, 4:05 pm
Significant investment to improve Hillingdon's town centres is brightening and reviving high streets across the borough.
Work is drawing to a close on the £6 million Hayes town centre improvements, funded by the council and Transport for London. It aims to attract more shoppers and visitors, improve traffic flow and to make access easier to public transport.
The Hillingdon area is made up of several ‘urban villages'. Some of the town centres – Hayes and West Drayton – are due another rail-led renaissance, thanks to Crossrail, which will help bring in investment in public transport, boost property investment and bolster infrastructure, attracting businesses, shoppers and new residents.
Hillingdon Council has undertaken a number of projects to improve both the physical environment – with no or low cost parking, pavements, lighting and landscaping – and their profile and public image, increasing footfall and spending, helping to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
Hayes, Northwood Hills and Ruislip Manor have received funding from the Greater London Authority to carry out the results of public consultation undertaken last year, concentrating on new layouts, traffic calming, and improving shopping.
To further improve transport and accessibility, Hillingdon will continue to utilise TfL Local Implementation Plan funding (LIP – given to local projects which support the London mayor's transport strategy) on bus stop accessibility, safer traffic around schools, pedestrian wayfinding, and improving the Grand Union Canal towpath to encourage more cycling and walking.