The hole in the ground has appeared opposite the Roebuck. Picture: Phillipe Taxil
Chiswick High Road has been closed this morning westbound between Chiswick Lane and Turnham Green Terrace after an underground void has been discovered.
According to engineers at the location, work on the junction treatments for the cycle lane by Cranbrook Road and Brackley Road revealed a large hole under the High Road.
Traffic is still able to travel eastbound on this section and the westbound lane surface remains intact on the main carriageway.
Westbound bus routes including the 110, 267 and H91 are being diverted up Goldhawk Road, along Stamford Brook Road and Bath Road then down Turnham Green. Bus stops at Stamford Brook Bus Garage and Chiswick Lane are not being served.
The latest information from Hounslow Highways is that the void is unrelated to the work being carried out on Cycleway 9. A solution to fill the space has been agreed upon and work has commenced with the intention of reopening Chiswick High Road by 1am on Monday.
The hole is believed to be situated near the Cranbrook Road junction
Traffic reaching the junction with Chiswick Lane is being directed towards an already congested A4.
Road closure near Chiswick Lane junction
A spokesperson for Hounslow Council said, "While undertaking planned works for the new cycle route on Chiswick High Road at the junction with Cranbrook Road on Thursday 27 October, workers uncovered a void under the road and had to close the road as a priority measure to make it safe.
"The closure of the westbound Chiswick High Road between Chiswick Lane and Turnham Green Terrace is precautionary whilst council staff work with the utility companies and Transport for London to identify the cause and remedy. The eastbound route on Chiswick High Road remains open."
Cllr Jo Biddolph said, "This closure was, of course, necessary but it will make journeys very difficult for many including people who do not know Chiswick well and are at risk of taking diversions that lead to them being fined, such as driving down Fishers Lane. I have therefore asked the transport department, and the communications team, to support Chiswick and help people navigate our roads. "
She points out that no alternative routes have yet been specified by the council and suggests the publication of a map which she believes should be standard procedure for any road closures. This would allow councillors and other residents to share information about the closure and help minimise resulting congestion. She also has requested that Fishers Lane is reopened to reduce queueing which has already built up on Acton Lane and South Parade.
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