07:47PM, Wednesday 08 July 2015
Legoland's plan to direct visitors coming from the M4 to travel down the A330 Ascot Road and Drift Road have proved unpopular with parish councillors.
The theme park wants to trial the idea, after a similar route diverting traffic through Holyport, Oakley Green Road, Fifield and Drift Road was tested over the Easter and May bank holidays last year.
On Monday councillors sitting on a Bray Parish planning panel agreed to ask Legoland and its multi-agency working group – which includes representatives from the Royal Borough – to put off trialling the route until a 7.5 tonne limit for vehicles is enforced on the A330 between Braywick Roundabout and Hawthorn Hill
At the meeting, Royal Borough highways manager Ben Smith said 15 per cent of the 4,700 vehicles travelling to Legoland between 9am and noon come from the west along the M4.This works out as 230 to 240 extra vehicles an hour.
Parish councillor Margaret Pierce (Bray) asked if Legoland has tried to stagger traffic through offering cheaper tickets to arrive later.
She said: “Is Legoland cooperative, imaginative, or just wanting business?”
Mr Smith said there has been ‘dialogue’ with the Windsor theme park adding that it has a slow closing so visitors trickle out in the afternoon.
But he said: “I’m not aware that there’s anything that encourages people to arrive later.”
Parish councillor Ken Elvin (Bray) asked about the 7.5 tonne weight limit which the Royal Borough is considering implementing on the road.
David Burbage, who is a parish councillor and Royal Borough councillor for Bray, said he wants that limit brought in ‘as soon as possible’ to kick-start the enforcement process.
Cllr Elvin then proposed recommending that no trial takes place until the weight limit is enforced.
His proposal was approved by the panel, with Cllr Barbara Bou-Sreih (Holyport) voting against and Cllr Michael Airey (Dedworth) abstaining.
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