Hayes regenerationWed 16 Aug 2017
There is no denying that The Old Vinyl Factory's regeneration has caused a great deal of excitement. The London Borough of Hillingdon has further added to the excitement by vastly improving Hayes town centre. Since 2015, the Council has been enhancing everyday life for Hayes’ residents and visitors.
It’s been all hands on deck as projects have been undertaken across the town, including improvements to traffic access, pavements, street lighting and public transport. And just as The Old Vinyl Factory has been inspired by the sites history, the town’s musical heritage has been the inspiration behind a new town landmark; a gold, disc shaped canopy. The landmark was erected in Spring 2017, marking the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the regeneration is the Hayes and Harlington Crossrail station, which is set to open in May 2018. The station will receive a bright and spacious ticket hall, as well as extra waiting rooms, platform extensions and canopies, and a new footbridge with disabled access.
The introduction of the Elizabeth line will slash journey times to London’s centre, further improving Hayes' connectivity. TFL estimates that journey times to some central London locations will almost half, taking just 20 minutes to get to Bond Street and under 30 minutes to Liverpool Street.
With increased transport services, thriving residential hotspots and rapidly growing business and education opportunities, it’s likely that over the coming years we’ll be seeing a lot more than just records made in Hayes.