08:01AM, Thursday 19 June 2014
Improvements to the A404 as a whole are set for discussion following the discontinuation of plans to develop Bisham Roundabout.
Cabinet member for highways and transport Cllr Geoff Hill says the Royal Borough and Highways Agency (HA) are changing tack after producing a series of unpopular designs to improve the road's traffic flow.
The latest idea included widening the northbound and Marlow Road approaches and building a dedicated left-turn for Bisham at an estimated cost of £1.8m.
Intervention from Maidenhead MP Theresa May, spurred on by public opinion, influenced the HA to park the plans.
The HA, which owns the A404, is due to fund the entire project.
Cllr Hill, a regular user of the roundabout, agreed the proposals - drafted by the HA in partnership with the Royal Borough - were dangerous and a 'non-starter.'
He said: "It is no good looking at the roundabout, you need to look at the road as a whole.
"The Highways Agency is a year or two behind in doing this."
This includes considering improvements to junctions on the A404 from villages such as Burchetts Green.
He believes trial and error is all part of a democratic consultation process.
"Someone has to design something and put it on the table and say what do you think of this?
"That is what happened.
"Unfortunately this design didn't work.
"We are not a dictatorship."
"We do answer to the public and try and make life better for them all the time."
"This roundabout is a difficult problem to solve."
Ideas put forward by the public include building a flyover connecting Bisham Road with the roundabout exit to Pinkneys Green.
Cllr Hill foresees this as being 'wildly expensive.'
He added: "It would solve it and it would be great for the residents in Pinkneys Green and Bisham, but whether it is financially viable and aesthetically pleasing is another question."
Cllr Hill can not confirm when the next stage of discussions will take place.
Plans to make the roundabout a signalled crossroads were thrown out in January.
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