08:00AM, Friday 06 November 2015
‘Frustrated’ drivers are resorting to desperate methods as they seek to beat the traffic following a partial closure of Winkfield Road in Windsor.
On Tuesday, Winkfield Road, between the junction with North Street and the Legoland Roundabout, was closed to traffic to allow ‘essential repairs to be undertaken.’
The closure has been made by Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) for engineers to ‘carry out essential structural repairs to retaining walls next to a culvert.’
It is due to last until November 21, which will be followed by three weeks of further work.
Initially the Royal Borough did not know about the closure.
Lead member for highways, Cllr Colin Rayner, (Con, Horton and Wraysbury) said this was due to BFC sending the information through to a junior planning officer who was leaving their role.
Cllr Rayner said the problem is the length of the closure for the works, which he thinks could be completed in one week.
The actual repairs are not due to start until Monday, with equipment still being put in place.
The Royal Borough had offered to pay for overnight and weekend work on the site which it says was refused by BFC.
Cllr Chris Turrell (Con, Harmans Water), executive member for planning and transport at BFC, said: “We are very much aware of the effect this is having on residents.
“We had to close the road from Tuesday to set up equipment; it takes up half the road so the whole road has to be closed.”
He said they turned down the Royal Borough’s offer to pay for overnight staff as it would be unsafe for contractors to work.
The road closure has caused ‘horrendous’ traffic in Old Windsor with cars using the village as a cut through.
Dave Wood, of Burfield Road, has noticed ‘an incredible rise in traffic since the closure.’
He told the Express: “Cars hit stationery traffic at St Luke’s Road, where the width of the road and residential parking means it is one-way.
“Since the closure, the huge stream of traffic means none of the irate drivers give way which leads to head-on confrontations and backing up.
“On Monday, my wife and I were late to open up for the Beaver Scout meeting we run. It took 20 minutes for the usual four minute drive.
“I saw cars nipping down Albany Road which is clearly signed as no entry.”
Cllr Lynne Jones (Old Windsor Residents' Association, Old Windsor) said her concern is driver’s behaviour in the village.
She said: “The traffic has been horrendous. The worst thing is drivers not staying within the Highway Code.
“We’ve had people driving on pavements and I’ve seen someone turn up a one way road.
“I think they are just frustrated.”
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