Eric Leach

Independent Candidate Councillor
for Ealing Walpole Ward

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15 March 2010
Mandating an Integrated Transport Hub (ITH) around Ealing Broadway Station (EBS)

After years of lobbying for an ITH by local organisations such as Ealing Friends of the Earth, EPTUG and SEC, Ealing Council earlier this year give in to this pressure and commissioned external consultants to research the project. The consultants’ brief can be viewed here. I’m proud to say that I’m a member of all three of these voluntary groups and I’ve been thinking about and discussing this subject for many months.

An ITH in my view should sensibly integrate around EBS step free access to trains, tubes, buses, private cars, taxis and mini-cabs. I envision an atrium booking /meeting hall with retail and up above any combination of offices, flats, and a hotel. Some serious repurposing of the north/south road access would also seem essential.

An ITH is fundamental to the safe, effective and pleasurable public transportation of our 310,000 residents and thousands of workers and visitors. At 17 million EBS users per year, the station’s popularity befits a town which were it a city would rank as 14th largest in the UK.

Ealing Council’s September 2009 Draft Local Development Framework (LDF) proposes building 1,917 homes in central Ealing by 2026. My view on this is for EC to refuse to sanction any Ealing Town centre house building until an ITH is created. Regional Government (TfL) and National Government funding would be needed to build this nodal transport interchange for a community bigger than Nottingham, Leicester, Belfast or Newcastle.

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