Parts of Harlesden a step closer to become a car-free zone

Brent Council have indicated the abolishment of vehicles is a ‘preferred option’

A notorious traffic hot-spot in the borough could soon abolish cars under a ‘preferred option’ for transformation put forward by Brent Council.

The council has suggested two proposals for managing the traffic flow in Harlesden Town centre and are seeking resident’s views on what they would like to see.

Residents and businesses are currently being consulted on two proposed options and the council has been working closely with local group, Harlesden Town Team during the process.

Option A would retain the existing traffic movement but would incorporate wider footways for pedestrians and provide small areas of public space.


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Option B would incorporate a pedestrian priority area between the jubilee clock and Tavistock Road, which as a result would mean changes to traffic circulation.

However, Tim Jackson, head of transportation at Brent Council said that although no final had been made, the council were ‘leaning towards’ option B.

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He said: “We are leaning towards option B, which will see the high street become a part pedestrian area but we are willing to listen to what everybody has to say.

“Another part of the proposal is to address parking, which is a big problem in the area.”

In addition, to ease the parking situation both options would incorporate pay and display and permit only parking bays.

A consultation period to find out what people want to see will run until February 17, large scale plans of the proposals are also on display at Harlesden Library Plus in Craven Park Road.

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