Harrow Road crossings: official opening 4th May

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Sustrans are organizing an opening event for the Harrow Road crossings on Saturday 4th May at 12:00. This coincides with the nearby Canalway Cavalcade.

There will be Doctor Bikes, who will check and adjust bicycles, and Westminster’s new home-made smoothie makers will be tried and tested. Sustrans are also looking into an exhibition of maps of the area and a talk on its history. Alongside this there will be a ‘Crossing Borders' writing competition, in which local primary schools have been invited to take part. There will be also be an organised stroll/procession to Paddington Basin. The event will finish in time for people to meander to the Canalway Cavalcade’s pageant, which is due to start at 2pm.

The event will see the unveiling of a specially commissioned portrait bench, featuring three important local figures, Michael Bond, Alan Turing and Mary Seacole. These were selected in a ballot of over 600 people.

The new route connects North Wharf Road with St Mary's Square via a cycle contraflow in Hermitage Street, a crossing of each carriageway of Harrow Road, a bridge under Westway and a new ramp up to St Mary's Square, where the portrait bench is being installed.

The scheme has been financed through the Sustrans Connect2 project and as part of Westminster's building of a street sweeper depot under Westway.

The route helps to reduce the severance caused by Westway and the Harrow Road and we hope that it will prove a catalyst for developing further routes connecting to it at each end.

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