Fears raised about traffic chaos during Olympics

Fears raised about traffic chaos during Olympics

Francis Batt

Fears raised about traffic chaos during Olympics

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The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's highways chief Cllr Phill Bicknell has clashed with suspicious Dedworth councillors who fear the Olympics may cause major problems in the area.

At yesterday's meeting of Windsor Town Forum, the councillors were uneasy to hear that Maidenhead Road would be closed between Ruddlesway and the Relief Road during Olympic fortnight as the rowing events take place at Dorney Lake between July 21 and August 11.

Cll John Fido (Ind, Clewer North) said motorists would end up having to use Dedworth Road due to traffic. He added: "It will be choc-a-bloc. People who live here have got to get to work, they have got planes to catch. There is real concern how this will be managed."

But lead cabinet member for highways Cllr Bicknell (Con, Park) said: "I don't think it is particularly helpful to get a sense of chaos going."

He insisted care was being taken to satisfy all concerns in Dedworth, including where residents or their visitors could park. Other concerns were that residents will need to get special visitor permits as 30,000 visitors a day descend on the area. But Cllr Bicknell insisted there would be no difficulties in getting all the permits needed.

He said: "I had one resident in tears because a wedding was taking place at the Guildhall that day and she did not know where the guests would park. I told her she could have as many permits as she pleased to accommodate the 20 to 30 cars she was expecting."

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