TfL propose new Ickenham-Heathrow bus service


Our existing local services seem unaffected, but one of the proposed changes is a new ‘route 278’  between Ruislip and Heathrow Airport, Central Bus Station via Hayes & Harlington station. It would run the full length of Long Lane and via Hillingdon, Hayes End, Church Road and Hayes town centre. It would run at 5 buses per hour Monday to Saturday daytimes and 3 bph Sundays and all evenings using double-deck buses.

TfL State:

“Consultation will be undertaken on the service changes. Following analysis of the
responses, the next step will be determine whether or not a specific scheme should
proceed or whether it should be amended in some way.

Other considerations will also need to be taken account as part of coming to a final
decision. This includes TfL’s financial position and the affordability of the schemes.

In some instances physical constraints e.g. new stands may be a barrier to delivery.

Precisely when service changes will be made will be subject to further consideration
but would broadly align with the various phases of the Elizabeth line opening.

Finally the bus network will be kept under review enabling further changes to be made
to bus services in the future.”


John Squiers

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of John Squiers. John was a long-time committee member of the Association and was Membership Secretary for a good number of years. He was very persuasive on the Association’s behalf. If he called to discuss a member’s offer of help, they somehow ended up doing more than they had originally thought!! He was also one of life’s true gentlemen in both senses of the word a very gentle man and an old fashioned courteous man . He will be greatly missed.


This picture shows John doing sterling work for the Association during Gala Day in 2002.

If you would like details of the funeral arrangements please email

Paving over front gardens

New Council guide published

paving garden pic

The London Borough of Hillingdon have taken planning enforcement action in Ickenham recently where homes have failed to apply for planning permission to concrete over their front gardens. While many would agree the loss of front gardens detracts from Ickenham’s street scene, and does little to help our local bee populations, the Council’s responsibilities on this issue relate to flood and water management.

The following guide, produced by LBH’s Flooding Officer, sets out some of the do’s and don’t’s if you’ve taken the decision to pave some or all of your front garden:


How does the 2018 Parliamentary boundary review affect Ickenham?

The Boundary Commission for England is conducting a review of parliamentary constituencies and needs the help of the public. You can visit their website  to view their proposals, make comments, see what other people have said and learn about the Commission and the review.

To help understand the local impact of the review (which aims to reduce the total number of MPs from about 650 to about 600), we’ve produced this simple graphic to explain the proposals.


Ickenham station car park – new 10 minute grace period in operation.

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Car park operators NCP have confirmed that a 10 minute grace period is in operation at Ickenham station car park following the recent introduction of ANPR technology.

The grace period, which is not clearly advertised, allows motorists to drive in and out without the need to validate their stay on the new touchscreen payment machines.

NCP have agreed to check the signage to ensure that customers are aware that they can drop off and pick up for free.

One customer today was surprised at the 10 minute time period, saying that she had expected it to be 20 minutes, in line with other car parks.


Queen’s birthday – road closures

The 12th June will see (some) Ickenham residents out in force to celebrate Her Majesty’s birthday with street parties. Please avoid these areas at these times (unless you’ve been invited):

Road From To Which bit?
Ivy House Rd. 11:00 21:00 9 to 59
Austins Lane 14:00 19:00 Church Place to junction with St Giles Ave.
Rectory Way 11:00 20:00 16/26 to dead end
Almond Ave. 10:00 23:00 Whole road

Thank you.

Reducing HS2 HGV movements and spoil dumping

HS2, LBH and TfL have been working on ways to reduce the likely impacts of HS2 development in our locality. The full report is due in May, but an interim report shows the seven shortlisted initiatives related to HGV movements and spoil dumping.

Here’s an overview map. One of the most interesting ‘sustainable placement’ initiatives is unnumbered.