Windsor and Maidenhead - Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

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Due to the ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic and the council’s proactive approach to the safety of the wider Windsor and Maidenhead community, it was decided not to deliver hardcopy leaflets related to this engagement. Whist in usual circumstances information leaflets and potentially hardcopy surveys would be hand-delivered to the consultation areas, it was felt that under the current lockdown restrictions this could cause unnecessary risk to both the distributors and recipients of these leaflets.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are committed to creating people-friendly streets and neighbourhoods that actively encourage walking, cycling and using public transport. Traffic on residential roads has increased by 44% in the last decade in the UK meaning residents are being exposed to far more noise, pollution and road danger. The proposed Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) seek to address this. The Clewer North and South areas were those with the highest potential for more walking and cycling so have been identified as the sites for LTNs.

LTNs are comprised of modal filters (where roads are closed to motor through-traffic) using fixed bollards, large planters or even small pocket parks at various locations within a designated area. Modal filters maintain through-access for those walking or cycling but prevent motorised traffic from using the certain roads as cut-throughs (or ‘rat runs’) to avoid main roads. Residents of any street with a modal filter will still be able to access their homes via car.

Reduced through-traffic on residential roads and near schools helps to provide safer spaces for active travel and social distancing, as well as lowering noise and air pollution. LTNs aim to make areas more pleasant to use and evidence indicates that they enable more walking and cycling and improve health.[1] The proposals are in line with the Government guidance on emergency active travel during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As with all highways changes, there may be some short-term disruption during construction of any measures taken forward and some time for residents to get used to the changes. The evidence, however, shows that over the long term less traffic brings wider benefits particularly for older people, caregivers and children using their local streets.

When it comes to change councils tend to hear from those who do not support the proposals. Yet recent English Polling shows widespread support for these types of schemes with 78% wanting less traffic on local roads[2]. The Department for Transport has urged us to try and draw out the views of everyone. We therefore welcome comment from everyone - including those who are supportive.

Clewer North

These closures/filters are proposed for the following locations:

  • Manor Road/Dedworth Road
  • Stuart Way/Dedworth Road
  • Vale Road/Dedworth Road
  • Parsonage Lane between Haslemere Road & Rectory Close
  • A bus gate on Tudor Way/Dedworth Drive

Alongside the proposed filters above, we are also looking at reducing through-traffic on Gallys Road and Smiths Lane. We have 2 different options as to how this could be done:

Option1 Modal filters at:

  • Gallys Road/Maidenhead Road (A308)
  • Smiths Lane/ Maidenhead Road (A308)

Option 2 Bus gates at:

  • Gallys Road/ Dedworth Road
  • Smiths Lane/ Dedworth Road

Please click the links above to see both variations of the proposals.

Clewer South

These closures/filters are proposed for the following locations:

  • Kentons Lane/Dedworth Road
  • St Andrew's Crescent/Bell View
  • Hatch Lane/Bailey Close

Current restrictions prevent us from engaging with residents on-site and in person. The online consultation seeks to gather additional insight to help us determine the most appropriate location for the modal filters on each street. Please assist us by indicating your preference for one of the marked options with any relevant supporting information.

Final plans will be developed in February and March and aim to be installed as quickly as possible thereafter using an experimental traffic order. Ongoing monitoring will help us to ensure the locations chosen are as effective as required.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic and the council’s proactive approach to the safety of the wider Windsor and Maidenhead community, it was decided not to deliver hardcopy leaflets related to this engagement. Whist in usual circumstances information leaflets and potentially hardcopy surveys would be hand-delivered to the consultation areas, it was felt that under the current lockdown restrictions this could cause unnecessary risk to both the distributors and recipients of these leaflets.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are committed to creating people-friendly streets and neighbourhoods that actively encourage walking, cycling and using public transport. Traffic on residential roads has increased by 44% in the last decade in the UK meaning residents are being exposed to far more noise, pollution and road danger. The proposed Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) seek to address this. The Clewer North and South areas were those with the highest potential for more walking and cycling so have been identified as the sites for LTNs.

LTNs are comprised of modal filters (where roads are closed to motor through-traffic) using fixed bollards, large planters or even small pocket parks at various locations within a designated area. Modal filters maintain through-access for those walking or cycling but prevent motorised traffic from using the certain roads as cut-throughs (or ‘rat runs’) to avoid main roads. Residents of any street with a modal filter will still be able to access their homes via car.

Reduced through-traffic on residential roads and near schools helps to provide safer spaces for active travel and social distancing, as well as lowering noise and air pollution. LTNs aim to make areas more pleasant to use and evidence indicates that they enable more walking and cycling and improve health.[1] The proposals are in line with the Government guidance on emergency active travel during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As with all highways changes, there may be some short-term disruption during construction of any measures taken forward and some time for residents to get used to the changes. The evidence, however, shows that over the long term less traffic brings wider benefits particularly for older people, caregivers and children using their local streets.

When it comes to change councils tend to hear from those who do not support the proposals. Yet recent English Polling shows widespread support for these types of schemes with 78% wanting less traffic on local roads[2]. The Department for Transport has urged us to try and draw out the views of everyone. We therefore welcome comment from everyone - including those who are supportive.

Clewer North

These closures/filters are proposed for the following locations:

  • Manor Road/Dedworth Road
  • Stuart Way/Dedworth Road
  • Vale Road/Dedworth Road
  • Parsonage Lane between Haslemere Road & Rectory Close
  • A bus gate on Tudor Way/Dedworth Drive

Alongside the proposed filters above, we are also looking at reducing through-traffic on Gallys Road and Smiths Lane. We have 2 different options as to how this could be done:

Option1 Modal filters at:

  • Gallys Road/Maidenhead Road (A308)
  • Smiths Lane/ Maidenhead Road (A308)

Option 2 Bus gates at:

  • Gallys Road/ Dedworth Road
  • Smiths Lane/ Dedworth Road

Please click the links above to see both variations of the proposals.

Clewer South

These closures/filters are proposed for the following locations:

  • Kentons Lane/Dedworth Road
  • St Andrew's Crescent/Bell View
  • Hatch Lane/Bailey Close

Current restrictions prevent us from engaging with residents on-site and in person. The online consultation seeks to gather additional insight to help us determine the most appropriate location for the modal filters on each street. Please assist us by indicating your preference for one of the marked options with any relevant supporting information.

Final plans will be developed in February and March and aim to be installed as quickly as possible thereafter using an experimental traffic order. Ongoing monitoring will help us to ensure the locations chosen are as effective as required.