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Ealing Lib Dems call on Ealing Council to reopen up Fishers Lane during roadworks as motoring fines increase

A freedom of information request has found Ealing Council has made nearly £700,000 from fines imposed on motorists using an underpass in Chiswick that has been closed to vehicles since December 2020.

In the request submitted by ChiswickW4.com, Ealing Council revealed that a total of 11,154 fines were issued between December 2020 and September 2022 which generated £680,817.  Of the 11,154 fines, 7860 were paid for at the discounted price of £65 instead of £130 as they were paid within 14 days of the fine being issued.

Recently there has been a spike in motorists using the underpass which has resulted in more fines being issued due to nearby roadworks on the A4/M4 in neighbouring Hounslow Council taking place.

Prior to driving through the underpass, which is now only open to local buses and cycles, there are signs and warnings to motorists that they cannot go through it.

Ealing Liberal Democrats  say there has been disruption and travel delays in areas including Acton Lane and South Parade as drivers seek alternative routes including St Albans Avenue and Bollo Lane to get to their destinations.  The knock on impact has also seen delays to the E3 local bus service.

The Lib Dems are calling on Ealing Council to reopen Fishers Lane during A4/M4 roadworks which it says has contributed to the spike in fines during August and September 2022.

In August 2022, 404 motorists were fined and September 2022 saw 1017 get a fine. In the previous year and without local roadworks August 2021 saw 193 fines and September 2021 it was 220.

Liberal Democrat Southfield Councillor and leader of the Opposition on Ealing Council Gary Malcolm said: “Liberal Democrats say that Labour-run Ealing Council are using Fishers Lane as a cash cow whilst not listening to people who are suffering. Has Labour Ealing gone deaf?”

Councillor Malcolm added: “I recently asked the question whether they will consider reopening up Fishers Lane when roadworks takes place like now and they said no. Where are the traffic schemes in Southfield to help improve road safety such as Southfield Road? It seems Ealing Council is failing on all fronts as it counts the cash.”

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