Slough Borough Council is again asking residents and businesses for their views on proposals to implement width restrictions on Poyle Road, Colnbrook to prevent HGV traffic travelling through nearby residential areas.
Three separate options are being presented for consultation.
Option 1 involves a width restriction and the introduction of a bus gate in the middle of the carriageway, with traffic islands to mark the route and help pedestrians with crossing the road.
Other non-HGV traffic would be able to pass alongside the bus lane on a width-restricted carriageway.
This measure would force HGVs to access Poyle Road from the south, via Horton Road. New road signs would warn HGV drivers of the restrictions.
Option 2 would involve the removal of the layby south of Mathisen Way, which would be replaced with a bus lane southbound and a southbound width restriction on the carriageway for HGVs.
An unrestricted northbound carriageway lane would be open to all vehicles, including HGVs. HGVs would be permitted to enter the industrial estate (south of Mathisen Way) via Horton Road but could only exit via Bath Road.
Option 3 would also involve the removal of the layby south of Mathisen Way, which would be replaced with a bus lane northbound and a northbound width restriction on the carriageway for HGVs.
An unrestricted southbound carriageway lane would be open to all vehicles, including HGVs. HGVs would be permitted to enter the industrial estate (south of Mathisen Way) via Bath Road but could only exit via Horton Road.
A ‘do nothing’ approach is not an option as action is required to reduce growing traffic levels and improve road safety on Poyle Road and Bath Road.
An initial public consultation on a single scheme (Option 1) was carried out in autumn 2016 which raised questions about further alternatives.
Following a review of stakeholder feedback and further consideration of traffic data for the area, the council formulated two new options for consideration to accompany the initial proposal.
Councillor Fiza Matloob, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “We have taken on board the variety of feedback received through our initial consultation and have spent a considerable amount of time looking at alternative options that will benefit local residents and businesses.
“These plans are about improving the environment for local residents while ensuring businesses and business needs are not affected.
“By diverting large lorries to a more suitable route we will be improving safety and reducing pollution for residents, without impacting on normal traffic or local buses.”
Local residents and businesses are being encouraged to respond to the council’s consultation on the proposals, which runs from Monday 12 June until Friday 7 July.
Feedback can be given via the following channels:
• Online survey available via www.slough.gov.uk/poyleroad *
• Email: TfS@slough.gov.uk
• Post a comment on: www.facebook.com/transportforslough
• Send your feedback via Twitter: @SloughCouncil
• Write to Transport for Slough at: Transport for Slough, Second Floor West, St Martins Place, 51 Bath Road, Slough, SL1 3UF
For further information on the proposals and maps for each option, please visit www.slough.gov.uk/poyleroad *
* www.slough.gov.uk/poyleroad will be live and updated on the morning of the first day of the consultation, Monday 12 June.