Harlesden Town Centre

MQT on 2012-07-04
Session date: 
July 4, 2012
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


TfL are funding a new traffic scheme in Harlesden. This will result in an increase of lorries down residential roads as a) the weight restriction on the Mitre Bridge in Scrubs Lane means lorries have to travel through Harlesden, b) the option chosen by the Council has made a section of the High Street for pedestrians, buses and bicycles. Do you think it acceptable for lorries to be routed this way and do you think this proposal is viable?


Answer for Harlesden Town Centre

Answer for Harlesden Town Centre

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received 23 July 2012.

In reference to my previous response to MQ 3960/2011, this is a London Borough of Brent scheme. The Borough is seeking to transform Harlesden Town Centre by reducing the dominance of traffic, improving conditions for residents and visitors and significantly enhancing the public realm. To achieve this vision, and ensure proposals reflect local priorities, the council has assembled a 'Town Team', which includes representatives from LB Brent, residents and local businesses. Harrow Road (A404), passes through Harlesden Town Centre and forms part of the Strategic Road Network, and therefore is regularly used by goods vehicles. Given the significance of the roads within the Town Centre for traffic movements, a micro-simulation model is being developed to enable a clear understanding of how the proposals will impact on traffic flows, journey times, reliability and routing for vehicles (including goods vehicles). The modelling will be audited by TfL to ensure it is accurate and will form part of the assessment process to determine the acceptability of the proposals.

In respect of your comments on Mitre Bridge on Scrubs Lane, this is a Network Rail structure. There is currently an 18 tonne weight restriction, as the bridge requires strengthening works. I understand Network Rail is currently discussing the detailed design and required works agreement with the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham as the Highway and Traffic Authority.