Manually controlled traffic lights tested in Windsor in attempt to ease congestion

Manually controlled traffic lights tested in Windsor in attempt to ease congestion

Simon Meechan

Traffic lights have been manually controlled at two junctions in Windsor as the Royal Borough tests out new methods to ease congestion.

On Saturday and Sunday the lights at the junction of Clewer Hill Road and Winkfield Road, and the junction of Imperial Road and St Leonards Road, were manually operated.

The aim is to reduce congestion during peak times for tourist sites.

The experiment will be repeated this weekend.

The borough says its traffic signal engineer is looking into alternative signalling for those vehicles turning right into Clewer Hill Road, while the borough is also considering creating lay-bys for buses using the stops to the west of Clewer Hill Road.

Alternative arrangements are also being looked at for Clewer Hill Road’s junction with Winkfield Road and Imperial Road’s junction with St Leonards Road.

The borough says it will work with people living and working in Windsor to keep them informed.

Cllr Colin Rayner, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We are aware residents often experience delays and congestion in Windsor due to the extra traffic brought in by our popular tourist attractions.

“We are working with the various tourist attractions to see how we can help cope with traffic loads.

“We take residents’ concerns seriously and are doing all we can to minimise congestion by looking into mitigation measures and working closely with Legoland and other attractions which are keen to assist us in resolving these issues.

“Windsor itself is a popular tourist attraction and we want to get the balance right so our visitors and residents can travel around the area with ease.”

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