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Roads in Maidenhead and Windsor town centres switch to 20mph

Adrian Williams

Adrian Williams

adrianw@baylismedia.co.uk

A number of roads around the centres of Maidenhead and Windsor are switching to a 20mph speed limit next month.

Starting from Friday, August 17, speed limits will be reduced in a number of road traffic orders lasting up to 18 months.

Cllr Gerry Clark (Con, Bisham and Cookham), lead member for transport and infrastructure, said that the idea was to promote active travel, such as walking and cycling, in the town centres.

This follows a successful funding application to Government to improve the Borough’s infrastructure for walking and cycling.

Cllr Clark said that, so far, he has not encountered any significant objections to the new speed limits being imposed.

“One or two drivers have been concerned that it will increase their journey time, but evidence shows that’s frankly not the case,” he said.

“Going at 30mph in these zones, drivers are having to stop, then start again and stop again.

“The truth is that you would probably find there was no negative impact on your journey time from travelling at 20mph. In fact you may find it more pleasant.

“It would certainly be safer, because speed is a significant factor regarding safety of pedestrians and cyclists.”

Cllr Clark clarified that the 18-month time period is to ‘keep a watchful eye’ on how traffic and pedestrian movement patterns have changed, with a view to make revisions where necessary.

After this time has expired, the Royal Borough will consider whether to extend the scheme indefinitely.

On the subject of enforcement, Cllr Clark said: “If ever there was a bonus that comes out of [COVID-19] adversity, it’s that everyone is more ‘light touch’, rather than heavy handed.

“Everybody [in the council] realises that what we have to do is not preach to people or punish them. We’re looking to help them understand why it’s a sensible regulation.

“There’s been a great response from the vast majority of people who understand that this is for the public good.”

Areas where 20mph zones will be introduced:

Maidenhead:

Albert Street – For its entire length

Bridge Avenue – For its entire length

Bridge Street – For its entire length

Broadway – For its entire length

Crown Lane – For its entire length

Fotherby Court – For its entire length

Grove Road – For its entire length

High Street – For its entire length

Hightown Road – From its junction

with King Street westwards for a distance of 30 metres

Keys Place – For its entire length

Kidwells Park Drive – For its entire length

King Street – For its entire length

Market Street – From a point 15 metres south of its junction with Bad Godesberg Way to its junction with West Street

Nicholsons Lane – For its entire length

Old Post Office Lane – For its entire length

Park Street – For its entire length

Providence Place – For its entire length

Queen Street – For its entire length

St Ives Road – For its entire length

St Marys Close – For its entire length

West Street – For its entire length

York Road – For its entire length

Windsor:

Acre Passage – For its entire length

Bachelors Acre – For its entire length

Barry Avenue – From its junction with River Street westwards for a distance of 44 metres

Church Lane – For its entire length

Church Street – For its entire length

Datchet Road – From its junction with Thames Avenue to its junction with Romney Lock Road

Farm Yard – For its entire length

High Street – For its entire length

Madeira Walk – For its entire length

Market Street – For its entire length

Oxford Road East – For its entire length

Park Street – For its entire length

Peascod Street – For its entire length

Riverside Walk – For its entire length

River Street – For its entire length

Romney Lock Road – For its entire length

Sheet Street – From its junction with Victoria Street to its junction with Park Street

St Albans Street – For its entire length

Thames Avenue – For its entire length

Thames Side – For its entire length

Thames Street – For its entire length

William Street – For its entire length

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