Tfl has a consulation running for some much-needed changes to the E8 bus route. The E8 currently runs from Ealing Broadway to Brentford bus depot. For a variety of reasons, such as increased demand for public transport to West Middlesex Hospital, the proposed new route is from Ealing Broadway to Hounslow taking in the hospital. All the buses would become double-deckers if this change goes through.
Changes to local bus routes was proposed by WEN some back in 2009 and the need for a direct route to the West Middlesex Hospital was a key factor. We would still like to see a bus route that crosses north-south over the Lido Junction to link the new Crossrail station at West Ealing with Northfields station and beyond. Nevertheless, we welcome this proposal and if anyone wants to read more about the E8 and other proposed bus route changes or comment on them the link is here.
Well done to everyone involved in helping secure the future of West Ealing’s Solace mental health drop-in centre. At one point the centre was under threat of being closed altogether as part of the Council’s budget cuts (story here). However, last week’s decision by the Council to keep the centre running at its current level is to be applauded and well done to everyone involved – users, staff, carers, councillors, council officials, and the local community. The Council’s plan is to redevelop the site tucked away at the end of Bowman’s Close. The Solace Centre will be rebuilt to a design the users are happy with and then add three new flats for Marron House which is a mental health residential unit. Work will start next summer at a cost of £640,000.
This is a great news for all the centre’s users and it recognises that mental health services are an essential part of a caring society.