Estimated Cost: $131.8 million
Projected Timeline: 2023 – 2026
Funding Status: Project has received provincial support
This busy arterial road is overdue for major safety improvements and work to address flooding, including replacing 100-year-old sewers and watermains. While rebuilding the road, Wellington Road would be widened to maintain two general lanes of traffic and remove buses from mixed traffic, with the goal of improving capacity for vehicles while increasing transit frequency and reliability. On most of the Gateway, buses would run beside a curb-height median on the left, which is a standard safety feature on most major roadways. Large concrete medians would only be included near transit stations to enhance passenger safety.
This project would enhance safety for drivers by improving the alignment of the Wellington S-curve and adding dedicated turn lanes at signalized intersections. The street would meet urban standards, including curbs, sidewalks and cycling facilities. A park-and-ride facility would be established near Highway 401 to improve connectivity with employment areas and surrounding municipalities. A transit village on Wellington Road outside of White Oaks Mall would provide an opportunity to improve transit to south London’s industrial employment areas. To take advantage of environmental benefits and potentially lower operating costs, purchasing electric buses is being explored.
Work Required to Complete this Project:
- Revitalize 6.8 km of road between Downtown and Hwy 401, including widening to establish continuous transit lanes and improving the Wellington S-curve
- Install smarter traffic signals to reduce intersection delays and shorten travel times, including transit signal priority, sensors and video cameras
- Establish park-and-ride facility near Hwy 401
- Install transit stations, including extended platforms near White Oaks Mall
- Widen Clark’s Bridge for additional two traffic lanes and a multi-use path for cyclists and pedestrians
- The Transit Project Assessment Process is nearing completion, so design and construction could progress immediately.
- Emergency services vehicles could use transit lanes to reduce response time.
Funding Eligibility Criteria:
- Improved transit capacity
- Improved transit safety and quality
- Improved transit access