Roadworks blamed for drop in takings
Residents urged to continue ‘excellent support’
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