Residents are invited to have their say on a proposal to upgrade a mini roundabout on the A308 in Clewer, Windsor to a new signal-controlled junction, improving road safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
The scheme at the A308’s junction with Mill Lane and Parsonage Lane would see the creation of a new cycle optimised protected signals, or ‘Cyclops’, junction.
The new design would completely separate those travelling on foot and by bicycle from vehicles, reducing the possibility of collisions or conflict at a junction where there have been several incidents over the years. It will be easier for pedestrians to get where they need to be in fewer stages due to shorter crossing times and more space to wait than at most junctions.
A consultation on the proposal has been launched today, and residents have until Sunday 5 February to give their views.
Two drop-in events for people to find out more will be held at The Swan pub in Mill Lane, Clewer on:
• Monday 16 January – 5pm to 6.30pm
• Monday 30 January – 5pm to 6.30pm.
All feedback will be taken into account when helping to finalise the design, and before any decisions are made. If the development proceeds, work is anticipated to start in early summer. Following initial preparatory works, construction would be carried out in four phases, before final surfacing work.
Councillor Phil Haseler, Cabinet Member for Planning, Parking, Highways & Transport, said: “This proposal is part of our commitment to improve highways safety on roads in the borough for pedestrians and cyclists, and promote sustainable travel by creating safer, more user-friendly routes for all.
“This site was prioritised for improvement in both our Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, adopted last year, and in the A308 Corridor Study. The principle of upgrading this junction was supported during those consultations and we’re now consulting on a detailed solution. We want to ensure the borough’s infrastructure supports the current and future needs of residents, businesses and visitors with improvements such as the upgrade to this junction. With the right infrastructure we can also support an increase in walking and cycling rates in the borough.
“While I understand that any significant change to our highways network can bring some temporary disruption for road users, we strive to keep this to a minimum, and will ensure we give residents and road users plenty of notice if this development proceeds. This scheme will bring real benefits to road users by creating safer pedestrian and cycle crossings – something the current roundabout does not have - and I’d encourage as many residents as possible to tell us what they think of the plans.”
For full details and to respond to the consultation visit, https://rbwmtogether.rbwm.gov.uk/cyclops or use the public-access computers available at all local libraries, where staff are happy to help if needed. Written comments can be submitted to: FAO: Transport Service Lead, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF.
A hard copy of the consultation, the plans and paper response forms are available upon request at libraries in the borough.