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Shops on Uxbridge Road on the north side of Shepherd's Bush Green


Uxbridge Road is the name of the A4020 road in Londonmarker. It starts at Shepherd's Bush Greenmarker and goes west towards Uxbridgemarker. It passes through Actonmarker, Ealing Broadwaymarker and Hanwellmarker.

Uxbridge Road is a major road in West London passing through many retail and large residential districts. It provides several transport connections for commuters with many London Underground stations situated either on it or within walking distance. A number of London buses also operate along the road, for varying distances. Bus routes 207, 427 and 607 are specifically designed to operate along this road, staying on it for their entire route. The road has become notorious for traffic jams, especially during rush hour and thus lots of drivers will do their best to avoid it. The road does not become a motorway at any stage, nor does it meet any motorways along its route.

Areas

Emerging from a roundabout in Shepherd's Bushmarker, the Uxbridge Road enters several important places in West London. The Shepherds Bush/White City area is now the site of the new Westfield Londonmarker retail development, which opened in October 2008. Uxbridge Road is crucial in providing road access to this new retail centre.

The Uxbridge Road also provides access to the popular Shepherd's Bush Marketmarker, at the western end of the area, as well as Shepherds Bush Common. It then enters Acton, crossing over from the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulhammarker into the London Borough of Ealingmarker, where the largest part of the road lies. Actonmarker is primarily a residential district, with no specific retail centre, however does contain a long stretch of pubs, restaurants and shops, including a large Morrisons. These shops are mostly concentrated on the Uxbridge Road. Ealing Commonmarker is the next residential area that the Uxbridge Road crosses through, which is the smallest of all areas the Uxbridge Road crosses through. It has a short stretch of shops concentrated on the Uxbridge Road, of similar style to those in Acton.

Ealing Broadwaymarker is the main retail centre Uxbridge Road directly serves. The shopping area is a mixture of shops in the open on the actual road and around several neighbouring back roads, as well a closed-centre building, home to several chain stores and independent boutiques, which has an entrance on Uxbridge Road. This is arguably the busiest part of the road for passengers on foot.

West Ealingmarker follows, which is very similar to Acton, mainly due to it being a large residential district and boasting a very similar stretch of shops concentrated on Uxbridge Road. West Ealing has a few more retail outlets similar to those in Ealing Broadway, but increasingly since the 1990s, it has begun to differ from Ealing Broadway in the types of shops that it offers.

Hanwellmarker Broadway follows very shortly after West Ealing Broadway ends, which again offers its own range of shops, similar in style to Ealing Common, West Ealing and Acton. There is a much larger gap between Hanwell and the following broadway in Southallmarker compared to the others along the length of the road. Southall Broadway has a mix of shops both in the style of Ealing Broadway and West Ealing, however, as the areas is predominantly populated by Asians, they are in a slightly different vein. This is another very congested part of the road (like Ealing Broadway), because it is very popular as a shopping area for the public and tourists.

Uxbridge Road then enters the London Borough of Hillingdonmarker as it enters the very large residential and retail district of Hayesmarker. Hayes is home to a few industrial sites, unlike most of the other areas Uxbridge Road passes through. Shop-wise, along the length of the road, it is similar to areas like West Ealing and Acton. Uxbridge Road then terminates after passing through certain areas of Hillingdonmarker and ending in Uxbridgemarker. Uxbridge retail centre is not directly accessible by the Uxbridge Road, but is the only other retail centre associated with areas in close proximity to the Uxbridge Road other than Ealing Broadway to boast a variety of high street shops. Both are popular with London residents.

Transport connections

Rail

The only London Underground stations that have the station building and entrance on Uxbridge Road are Ealing Commonmarker and Shepherd's Bush Marketmarker. Ealing Broadway stationmarker is less than 2 minutes walk away from the junction of Uxbridge Road and The Broadway. Uxbridge stationmarker is within walking distance of the very end of the road. Towards the eastern end of the road, the Shepherd's Bush stationmarker is within walking distance of the road. The western areas that Uxbridge Road runs through do not contain particular tube stations in their areas, although Northfields stationmarker is situated a short walk away from the junction of Uxbridge Road and Northfields Avenue in West Ealing. West Ealingmarker, Hanwellmarker and Southallmarker railway stations are themselves within walking distance of Uxbridge Road.

Buses

Although several buses operate along the Uxbridge Road for parts of their route, the road is considered so important that three particular buses were designed to operate solely on the road. They are:-

  1. Bus route 207, which operates between the road's eastern terminus at Shepherds Bush to the Hayes By-Pass
  2. Bus route 427, which operates between the road's western terminus at Uxbridge to Acton High Street
  3. Bus route 607, which operates as an express service along the whole length of the road, but only stops at the most popular locations such as Ealing Hospital and tube station connections.


A tram scheme, the West London Tram, was planned run along the length of the Uxbridge Road and would replace these three bus routes. This scheme has been abandoned.

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