Wood Lane Slough Proposals



Wood Lane Slough Proposals

wood lane slough proposals

wood lane slough crossing point

People crossing Wood Lane from ASDA to the new housing area

wood lane slough tanker

Tankers driving from the sewage works do not have a speed restriction as it is not a public road.

wood lane slough proposals

One of the potholes in the road

wood lane no drainage

Water drainage is poor on the North side of Wood Lane

slough treatment works new entrance

Possible new entrance to the sewage works from the M4 to join existing parallel road in the works.



Barriers to these ideas:-

1) Eton College own Wood Lane, but do not maintain the surface (they own the subsoil).

2) Slough Council view this road as a bridlepath and not a public road.

3) Thames Water own part of the road at the Southern End.

4) Cost





Development of the Windsor Meadows Estate

In the past the area of Wood Lane and the sewage works was just fields.

First came the Windsor Meadows Estate, then came ASDA, then came the new Jubilee River and now the area on the other side of Wood Lane has had houses built on it.

The consequence is that there is more pedestrian and cycle traffic up and down and also across Wood Lane.

The trend is that the number of people using the Jubilee River recreational area is increasing, yet there is no car parking for these users.

Uses for the area by the relatively new Jubilee river include walking, running, cycling, fishing, dog walking.

In the summer months at the weekends the interest in using the area is at its peak.

At certain times cars were starting to park on the corner of Wood Lane near to the footpath entrance. This was due to all other parking being taken. The trouble with that progression is that if a driver of a large tanker tries to access the works and he is unused to the poor state of the road he would have difficulty missing a car.

So who's responsibility is it to discuss this?

because the environment agency built the Jubilee River, Thames Water owns half the road, Eton College owns the other half of the road and Slough Council cleans the road.

Nobody officially maintains the road due to the "not our responsibility" approach of all concerned.

The pedestrian crossing point from ASDA (East side) to the new housing estate presents a blind spot for both the pedestrians and the motorists.

Combining the blind spot with the

poor lighting at dusk,

the poor road surface,

the lack of road water drainage from the North part of Wood Lane,

the size of the tankers,

speed at which they drive,

surely there must be a safety concern?



History

2012

11th October - Map and webpage created.
12th October - Driving towards Wood Lane "crossing point" a child ran in front of my car, was able to stop ok to due low speed and knowing the road.
12th October - Emailed councillor Councillor Harpreet Aujla with webpage info.
12th October - Sent letter to Councillor Robert Anderson, Leader of Slough Borough Council.
14th October - Councillor Aujla emailed in response with a view to discussing proposals.
14th October - Letter sent to Sara Thornton, Chief Constable, Thames Valley Police for views / road safety assessment.
16th October - Phone conversation with Councillor Aujla. Councillor proposed to put forward at a future meeting for discussion.
17th October - Email response from Slough Council in acknowledgement of the letter. Passed to Cabinet Commissioner for Planning and Transport, Councillor Sohail Munawar.



Summary of proposed improvements:

Sewage works entrance/exit changed to M4
Road adoption by local authority
Road surface upgraded for whole of Wood Lane
Road maintenance responsibility agreed
Road water drainage improved
Pedestrian crossing
20 MPH speed restriction
Electronic speed indicators to alert drivers
Road lighting reviewed
New car park for Jubilee River users


List of potentially interested / involved parties:

Local Councillor
Slough Borough Council
Eton College
Thames Water
ASDA
Barratts Homes
Highways Agency
Environment Agency (Jubilee River)
Slough Express newspaper
Thames Valley Police (Road Safety)
Government representative


Benefits and drawbacks of changing Sewage works exit to M4:

Benefits: Wood Lane would be safer, less road wear on Wood Lane, easier access for tankers to gain access to the works.

Drawbacks: Potential for "rat running" on M4, would need to be adequate turning radius from M4, legal hurdle in respect of proving cost versus benefits of proposal.
(Thanks to Prof Wooton, former Chief Exec, Transport Research Laboratory, previously TRRL for clarifying potential issues.)

Distance required for a lorry to stop (http://www.ukspeedtraps.co.uk/stopping.htm)

at 50 mph is 111 metres
at 40 mph is 80 metres
at 30 mph is 53 metres
at 20 mph is 30 metres


Contact Information

contact email: cookalastair @ btinternet.com.