In total, 414 responses were received as part of this consultation. Thank you to everybody who took the time to contribute their thoughts.
The consultation showed that more people were in favour of the planned improvements (52%) than not (47%), and the most common comment was that the current roundabout and crossing arrangement is dangerous and difficult to use.
However, whilst many people were in favour, a considerable number of responses had questions or concerns about the initial design that we consulted on. We have looked carefully at all the responses received in full to understand these.
What we have learned, and what we will do
As a result of this consultation, we have made changes to the design and operation of the junction to address comments and concerns. Specifically:
- We will use computer-controlled signals that will sense and adapt to traffic conditions in real-time
- The signals will be programmed to trigger the lights to change and release waiting traffic on Mill Lane and Parsonage Lane if a queue is about to develop which would block entering traffic
- There will be new, dedicated right turn lanes from the A308 into both Mill Lane and Parsonage Lane, instead of a second westbound lane
- Cycles travelling south down Mill Lane will be given an option to turn right on to the cycle facility on the northern side of A308 Maidenhead Road directly, instead of looping around the whole junction and crossing the A308 twice
A detailed report containing the feedback we received and how we will progress based on these comments is available to download:
About the planned improvements
Improvements are planned to the junction of A308 Maidenhead Road with Mill Lane and Parsonage Lane in Windsor.
The planned improvements would see the junction upgraded to a signal controlled junction, with modern light-controlled crossings for people walking and cycling on each arm. Intelligent traffic signals that adapt to traffic flows in real-time will be used to support optimum traffic movement. This type of junction is sometimes called a 'CYCLOPS' junction.
This junction was chosen because helping people across this junction on foot and by bike gives them access across the A308 to a quiet route to and from local schools as well as into the town centre through Clewer Village and along Stovell Road and Barry Avenue. We are already investing in improvements to Stovell Road and Barry Avenue, and would look to bring forward future improvements that connect in to this junction from Clewer and Dedworth at a later date.
This junction has also been chosen because it is one of the locations in the borough with the highest rate of road injuries. The Borough has a good safety record for collisions, but this junction has a record that is one of the highest for recorded injury collisions, particularly cyclists and pedestrians. If we want to help more people to walk and cycle more often, it is essential that the facilities we provide are safe, comfortable and effective.