Drivers have been assured, however, that the work around the old Arla site will last up to two weeks, not 18 months, as some had feared after reading a public notice.
Long Drive, Ruislip at the junction with Victoria Road, will have to close temporarily from 22 October, Hillingdon Council said.
A major housing development, restaurants and a new Cineworld, which is set to be one of the first of its kind, with shaking seats and 4D, are all set to arrive as part of the construction project.
Editor's note: This story was originally published on 9 October 2016.
On 5 May 2017 Cineworld informed us that the cinema will in fact not be having a 4DX screen.
Read more on the new cinema HERE.
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An image of the new Arla site designs from Citygrove
The whole project is reported to be creating over 530 jobs in the area on completion. The site is set to open to the public in March 2017.
Jean Palmer, deputy chief executive corporate director of residents services, said in a public statement the roadworks order “will continue in force for eighteen months or until work to which it relates is completed.”
But Hillingdon Council released a statement to Hillingdon is Here clarifying the position.
This stated: “Transport for London are installing new traffic lights at the junction of Victoria Road and Long Lane, which is being remodelled in preparation for the redeveloped Arla site.
“These road works are timed to coincide with half term and will take one to two weeks to complete.”
Hillingdon Council said diversion routes will be available via, Queens Walk, Victoria Road and vice versa.
The public notice stated: “The temporary restriction will be in operation at all times from the 22nd October 2016 and to such extent as indicated by traffic signs prescribed by the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002.
“Road users should assume that the closure has been put into effect only if traffic signs have been erected stating that the road has been closed and the diversion route, if necessary is in place.”
There was another closure in this area due to roadworks connected to the Arla redevelopment a the end of March. This included work on Victoria Road, Long Drive and West Mead.
The developers told Hillingdon is Here earlier this that the Long Drive/Victoria Road link “doesn’t work very effectively at the moment” and the plans involved “re-phasing all the traffic lights and providing further slip roads and widening the slip roads into the junction to be able to make traffic turning movement a lot better”.