AS part of improvements to Hayes town centre, Hillingdon Council has officially opened the Station Road interactive underpass and completed its £141,000 refurbishment of Blyth Road car park.  

The official opening of the new Sound of Hayes underpass was attended by Cllr Eddie Lavery, Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, Cllr Janet Gardner, Hayes Town ward councillor, the team involved in the project and David Brough, chair of the Hayes Town Partnership.

The new tunnel lining plays with textures, sound and light to echo the stereo sound of people passing through Hayes on their daily commute.

The design is based on the grooves familiar on vinyl records. It also recognises the contribution of Alan Blumlein, who invented stereo sound recording and was a senior sound engineer at EMI in Hayes.

Work has also been completed at Blyth Road car park, with a fresh coat of paint, column protection, new electric shutter, the re-lining of parking bays and the installation of mesh to deter pigeons.

Three disabled bays and parking for motor cycles have been introduced.