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Petition calls on council to improve safety at blackspot Windsor junction

Petition calls on council to improve safety at blackspot Windsor junction

Pictured: Martin Gibbons (and family) with Cllr Amy Tisi and Susy Shearer from the RBWM Cycling Action Group at the Mill Lane junction.

A petition has been created by a Windsor resident which calls on the borough council to improve safety at a blackspot junction.

Several incidents in recent years have occurred near the Mill Lane roundabout, which joins up with Maidenhead Road.

An accident in March saw a 15-year-old boy taken to hospital after he was hit by a car on the nearby zebra crossing, while another child was knocked off his bike in September last year. 

The petition, started by resident Martin Gibbons, asks the council to 'urgently upgrade the existing zebra crossings on Maidenhead Road adjacent to the mini roundabout to toucan crossings', and has so far collected more than 350 signatures. 

It also calls for the Windsor and Maidenhead council to introduce traffic calming measures and reduce the speed limit at this location.

Speaking in March after the second incident, a council spokesman said that a safety inspection of the crossing and immediate vicinity had been carried out and 'everything is fully functioning and compliant with design standards'. 

“A further review will be also be carried out to see if any additional improvements can be made to improve pedestrian safety in this vicinity," it added. 

Above: The aftermath of the accident at the Mill Lane junction in March (Credit: Martin Gibbons)

But Liberal Democrat councillors in Windsor are calling on the council to do more to improve safety at the junction. 

They also claim that money, in the region of £67,000, was earmarked to be spent on improving the junction in the 2018-19 financial year. 

Councillor Karen Davies (Lib Dem, Clewer East), said: "We must have proper prioritisation of council spending on road safety.

“There have been 10 recorded serious accidents at the Mill Lane junction in the last 10 years and two children have been run over there in the last six months."

Fellow ward councillor Cllr Amy Tisi added: "Please support Martin’s petition and let’s 'Get Mill Lane Done', before a child is killed.”

A Windsor and Maidenhead council spokesman said: “We take road safety matters very seriously and welcome petitions seeking improvements to the road network.

“We carried out a safety inspection of the crossing and immediate vicinity last month and everything is fully functioning and is compliant with design standards.

“The crossing and junction were previously looked at in 2018 and a number of options were explored, but these did not meet optimal highways design standards and were not taken forward at the time.

“However, we are looking at this again. A further review is being carried out to see if any additional improvements can be made to improve pedestrian safety in this vicinity, and this is ongoing.

“There is a clear process for reviewing petitions. We have a dedicated team of experts that review these matters with an annual programme of improvements based on the evidence and their recommendations.”

Click here to view the petition. 

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