I have been making a record of my trips to Southall lately. My standard journey is from the Sainsburys in West Ealing to the Herbert Road multi-storey car park. Council leader Julian Bell has noticed that I have been doing this and suggested that I am choosing my times carefully. I will try to go on weekend evenings when I know Southall gets busier.
This afternoon’s trip was dominated, as I have come to expect, by queing up to get across the Town Hall crossroads from Southall Park, with the buses bullying their way into my path as per usual. Southall was busy with children out for their Easter holidays. When I got to Herbert Road there was a rolling queue of cars at the entrance but within two minutes I had found a place. The car park was busy but it was turning over and I counted 35 free places.
My five recent trips are tabulated below.
Although two of these trips can be dismissed as being the wrong times I would suggest that Friday and Saturday afternoon are pretty peaky. Even when it is busy the overall journey time is dominated by the drive duration not the park duration.
I predict that Southall can only get more congested if people have a reasonable expectation of parking easily. Surely Labour’s £5.5 million car park will make Southall more congested?