Cabinet approves weight reduction on disputed Sunningdale Bridge

Cabinet approves weight reduction on disputed Sunningdale Bridge

David Lee

A disputed bridge and a parking charge discount scheme were discussed at a Royal Borough cabinet meeting last week.

Held at Windsor Guildhall on Thursday, the meeting kicked off with representations from Surrey councillors over the proposals to reduce the weight limit for vehicles on Sunningdale's Chobham Road railway bridge.

Cllr John Furey, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for highways, transport and flooding, argued that the borough should not allow the limit to be reduced from 18 tonnes to 7.5 tonnes.

He said a reduction of the weight limit would force heavy vehicles to use alterative routes which have ‘poor safety records, poor alignment of bends and high levels of on-street parking’.

Cabinet approved the reduction. The weight restrictions will be introduced on Monday, April 4.

Cllr Colin Rayner (Con, Horton and Wraysbury), the Royal Borough’s cabinet member for highways and transport outlined plans to tackle traffic congestion at some of Windsor’s busiest junctions.

Cabinet gave the go-ahead to plans to trial a no right turn restriction from St Leonards Road into Imperial Road during this year’s school summer holidays.

A scheme will also be developed to replace the traffic lights at the junction of St Leonards Road and Imperial Road with a roundabout in combination with pedestrian crossings following cabinet approval.

Cabinet also agreed to turn the borough’s night time economy enforcement pilot scheme into a permanent feature.

The scheme has seen community wardens, employed by the borough, patrolling the streets of Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead on Friday and Saturday nights to help deal with anti-social behaviour.

It costs the borough £9,000 a year to run.

A year-long parking penalty discount scheme will also be trialled following approval by the panel.

The scheme will see the borough working with the Department for Transport (DfT) to grant a 25 per cent discount to any motorist who loses an appeal against a parking fine.

A budget of up to £35,000 has also been set aside to allow the borough to conduct feasibility studies looking into the possible provision of a new library.

Holyport and Sunningdale have both been touted as possible locations.

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