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War of words continue over Winkfield Road closure

War of words continue over Winkfield Road closure

David Lee

War of words continue over Winkfield Road closure

The war of words between the Royal Borough and Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) over the partial closure of a major road in Windsor looks set to continue.

A section of Winkfield Road, between the junction of North Street and the Legoland Roundabout, has been closed since Tuesday, November 3, to allow engineers to carry out ‘essential structural repairs to retaining walls next to a culvert.’

The decision was made by BFC, who told the Express the road is set to partially re-open on schedule tomorrow evening (Friday).

Cllr Chris Turrell, executive member for planning and transport at BFC, said: “By and large, the public have accepted the situation and we’ve had very few complaints about it.

“It’s a bit disappointing we’ve had one councillor there [the Royal Borough] trying to stir things up because that’s obviously not helpful.

“But I hope things will settle down.”

But Cllr Colin Rayner (Con, Horton and Wraysbury), the Royal Borough’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said that there was ‘no reason the work couldn’t have been completed last week’.

He added Bracknell Forest Council had been putting its contractors’ needs before residents and questioned why engineers had not been working at weekends.

“We went there last Saturday and we found that the piling machine had been taken away and there was no-one working on site,” Cllr Rayner said.

“We want to know what they’ve been doing for the last week.

“For everyone who was late for work or missed a doctor’s appointment, the blame should fall on Bracknell Forest Council.”

In response, Cllr Turrell said that the proper time had to be allowed to carry out the repairs safely.

He added that the road had been closed last week so it could be resurfaced.

The partial reopening will see single lane traffic on Winkfield Road controlled by temporary traffic lights until the works are fully completed.

Cllr Turrell added: “We’re expecting the temporary lights to be in place for the next three weeks but if we can get it finished a bit earlier then we will.”

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