Uxbridge Road is the name of
the A4020 road in London.
at Shepherd's Bush
Green and goes west towards Uxbridge.
through Acton, Ealing Broadway and Hanwell.
Shops on Uxbridge Road on the north
side of Shepherd's Bush Green
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
either on it or within walking distance. A number of London buses
also operate along the road,
for varying distances. Bus routes 207
are specifically designed to
operate along this road, staying on it for their entire route. The
road has become notorious for traffic
, 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.
from a roundabout in Shepherd's Bush, the Uxbridge Road enters several important places
in West London. The Shepherds
Bush/White City area is now the site of
the new Westfield
London retail development, which opened in October
Uxbridge Road is crucial in providing road access to
this new retail centre.
Uxbridge Road also provides access to the popular Shepherd's Bush
Market, 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
Fulham into the London Borough of Ealing, where the largest part of the road lies.
Acton is primarily a residential district, with no
specific retail centre, however does contain a long stretch of
pubs, restaurants and shops, including a
These shops are
mostly concentrated on the Uxbridge Road. Ealing Common 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
Broadway is the main
retail centre Uxbridge Road directly serves.
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 Ealing 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.
Ealing has a few more retail outlets similar to those in Ealing
Broadway, but increasingly since the 1990s
has begun to differ from Ealing Broadway in the types of shops that
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 Southall compared to the others along the length of the
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
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.
Road then enters the London Borough of Hillingdon as it enters the very large residential and retail
district of Hayes.
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 Hillingdon and ending in Uxbridge.
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.
London Underground stations that have the station building and
entrance on Uxbridge Road are Ealing Common and Shepherd's Bush Market. Ealing Broadway station is less than 2 minutes walk away from the junction
of Uxbridge Road and The Broadway. Uxbridge
station is within walking distance of the very end of the
road. Towards the eastern end of the road, the
Bush station is within walking distance of the road.
western areas that Uxbridge Road runs through do not contain
particular tube stations in their areas, although Northfields
station is situated a short walk away from the junction of
Uxbridge Road and Northfields Avenue in West Ealing.
Ealing, Hanwell and Southall railway stations are themselves within walking
distance of Uxbridge Road.
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
- Bus route 207, which operates between the road's eastern
terminus at Shepherds Bush to the Hayes By-Pass
- Bus route 427, which operates between the road's western
terminus at Uxbridge to Acton High Street
- 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
A tram scheme, the West London
, was planned run along the length of the Uxbridge Road and
would replace these three bus routes. This scheme has been