Road­works blamed for drop in tak­ings

Res­i­dents urged to con­tinue ‘ex­cel­lent sup­port’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

Work to resur­face High Street be­gan on Mon­day, March 16 and is sched­uled to take around eight weeks in to­tal, mak­ing park­ing dif­fi­cult.

Tony Un­gar, chair­man of the Ruis­lip Cham­ber of Com­merce and a direc­tor of jew­ellers CS Bed­ford, in High Street, said his tak­ings had been EN­GI­NEER­ING works are planned for some rail lines and Un­der­ground ser­vices over Easter.

The Ju­bilee line will be closed from Water­loo to Wem­b­ley Park from Good Fri­day through to Easter Sun­day, and from Water­loo to Stan­more on Easter Mon­day.

The Metropoli­tan line is closed from Aldgate to North­wood and Uxbridge through­out the ex­tended Easter week­end.

On Easter Sun­day the over­ground ser­vice from Queen’s Park to Wat­ford Junc­tion will be closed.

En­gi­neer­ing works in­clude a four-day clo­sure of the West Coast Main Line, be­tween Wat­ford Junc­tion and Eus­ton.

There will be no Vir­gin or Lon­don Mid­land ser­vices op­er­at­ing in or out of Eus­ton. down by around a quar­ter on nor­mal lev­els since the work be­gan.

He said: “We know the re­tail­ers in the high street aren’t happy. Busi­ness is slid­ing off be­cause of it, but we have to ac­cept this be­cause the road­works are nec­es­sary.”

He thanked Hilling­don Coun­cil for agree­ing to post­pone the works, which had orig­i­nally been slated for dur­ing the busy Christ­mas pe­riod.

He added: “We would be very grate­ful to­wards the res­i­dents of Ruis­lip if they could make the ef­fort to con­tinue their mag­nif­i­cent sup­port for the high street.”

Gra­ham Bar­tram, chair of the Ruis­lip Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, echoed those thoughts, en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to make an ex­tra ef­fort to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses while works were on­go­ing. He said: “As a com­mu­nity, we want to have th­ese fa­cil­i­ties there, but in or­der for them to sur­vive we have to sup­port them.

“I sus­pect quite of­ten peo­ple don’t even think about what ef­fect this is hav­ing on the shops. We need to do ev­ery­thing we can to keep them.”

The coun­cil said the road­works were needed be­cause the high street was suf­fer­ing from lo­calised sub­si­dence – mean­ing the ground is mov­ing.

It said the road would even­tu­ally be given a stronger, smoother and safer sur­face. A spokes­woman added: “We know that this work is caus­ing con­sid­er­able dis­rup­tion and can only apol­o­gise for this.

“How­ever, th­ese re­pairs are im­por­tant so that res­i­dents, com­muters and busi­nesses can con­tinue to use Ruis­lip High Street in the fu­ture. The work is be­ing car­ried out in six sec­tions and di­ver­sions are be­ing put in place dur­ing this time.

“Park­ing and load­ing

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