In his customary first person way Labour’s Cllr Bassam Mahfouz has been trying to take credit for the continuing progress that the Borough is making in improving our roads. Of course none of this would be possible without the work of the previous Conservative administration in Ealing nor the finance provided by TfL as directed by Conservative London Mayor, Boris Johnson.
All of the big road projects in Ealing, outside straightforward road resurfacing, are paid for by Transport for London (TfL) Local Implementation Plan (LIP) funding. London Mayor, Boris Johnson, was elected in 2008 on a platform of “Getting Londoners Moving”. Part of Boris’s vision was to get traffic moving by sweeping away unnecessary traffic lights. Johnson decreed that the boroughs should be given much more flexibility in how they spent this LIP funding. No borough was more enthusiastic about taking up this offer than Ealing under the then transport spokesman, David Millican (now Tory group leader). He led an extensive consultation exercise that led to a raft of proposals that included the roundabout outside Acton Town tube station and the one at the top of Argyle Road. This work was kicked off in early 2009.
Not every scheme was taken forward but the experience gained and the LIP flexibility offered by the Mayor has ensured that the current wave of new roundabouts, at Church Road, at Atlas Road and on Acton High Street, can go ahead.
Before 2008 in London and 2006 in Ealing the transport authorities were locked in an anti-car dogma that not only slowed traffic down but did nothing for safety. Conservatives in City Hall and the Town Hall have made big improvements in our borough’s roads. It is good to see that Cllr Mahfouz is taking them forward temporarily. We will be happy to take up the baton again in May.