Sec­ond pe­ti­tion as bus lane row con­tin­ues

Bor­ough: Coun­cil urged to re­think bus and cy­cle lane on A4

Windsor & Eton Express - - Front Page - By David Lee davidl@baylis­me­dia.co.uk @DavidLee_BM

A sec­ond pe­ti­tion has now been cre­ated to 'abol­ish the Bath Road bus lane' which res­i­dents fear may make their lives a mis­ery if the trial

scheme is made per­ma­nent.

A sec­ond pe­ti­tion has now been cre­ated to 'abol­ish the Bath Road bus lane' which res­i­dents fear may make their lives a mis­ery if the trial scheme is made per­ma­nent.

The tem­po­rary bus and cy­cle lane was cre­ated by Slough Bor­ough Coun­cil af­ter it se­cured £180,000 from the Depart­ment for Trans­port to ‘sup­port a green restart to lo­cal travel’.

The lane, which cost about £50,000, runs the length of the A4 from Hun­ter­combe Spur to Uxbridge Road but has re­ceived crit­i­cism for caus­ing long tail­backs on the town’s main ar­te­rial road.

A pe­ti­tion launched on Change.org by Chance Meik­leMasters gar­nered more than 6,000 sig­na­tures urg­ing the

coun­cil to abol­ish the six­month trial scheme.

But a sub­se­quent pe­ti­tion has now been set up on the coun­cil’s web­site fol­low­ing fears the lo­cal au­thor­ity would not ac­cept the orig­i­nal one due to it com­ing from a third party web­site.

Gra­ham Ber­ridge, founder of the sec­ond pe­ti­tion, said: “We have Europe’s big­gest trad­ing es­tate for peo­ple and all of a sud­den driv­ers are go­ing to have their lives made a mis­ery by be­ing stuck in traf­fic.

“I just look at it and think no­body has thought what this will do to the area.”

The Cip­pen­ham res­i­dent also raised con­cerns the bus lane will cause tail­backs to junc­tions 6 and 7 on the M4 and pose safety risks when cars need to turn across the lane.

Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor Dex­ter Smith (Con, Colnbrook with Poyle) said the scheme had been ‘poorly thought out’ as pub­lic trans­port use had sig­nif­i­cantly dropped since the COVID-19 cri­sis.

He added in­creased road ca­pac­ity was needed to deal with the town’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.

Cllr Rob An­der­son, cabi­net mem­ber for trans­port, said the scheme was brought in to get cy­clists off the pave­ment and to com­ply with so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

He said it needed to be given time to see if it works and added the fact it was an ‘ex­per­i­men­tal or­der’ meant changes could be made if nec­es­sary.

“At the mo­ment the road is dom­i­nated by pri­vate cars and it’s not like it was a freeflow­ing par­adise be­fore lock­down,” the Labour coun­cil­lor said.

“Even for the peo­ple that keep driv­ing, it’s in their in­ter­ests that peo­ple start us­ing pub­lic trans­port more.”

A coun­cil spokes­woman said the coun­cil could ac­cept a pe­ti­tion from a third party web­site but any pe­ti­tion must in­clude the names, ad­dresses and places of work of each sig­na­tory.

The coun­cil can also only ac­cept one pe­ti­tion on the same sub­ject.

Visit www.slough.gov.uk /mod­ern­gov/mgEpe­ti­tionDis­play.aspx?ID=65&RPID =3154723&HPID to view the lat­est pe­ti­tion on the coun­cil’s web­site.

A tem­po­rary bus and cy­cle lane scheme is in op­er­a­tion on the Bath Road from the Hun­ter­combe Spur to Uxbridge Road.

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