12:36PM, Wednesday 05 May 2021
The controversial alteration of Oldfield roundabout into a signal junction is causing ‘intolerable’ problems for residents on Guards Club Road.
Residents of the road have had ‘extreme difficulty’ accessing the street.
“The access is constantly blocked by the constant traffic jam on the A4 and the traffic coming over Maidenhead Bridge,” said Guards Club Road resident Mary-Ann Harding.
“Very few drivers observe the ‘keep clear’ sign that is barely visible on the A4 outside Guards Club Road therefore they simply block it.”
“There is also a lot of noise that I can hear from inside my house due to drivers beeping due to the actions of other drivers,” she added.
“It is extraordinarily inconsiderate to have caused such a huge backlog of traffic on the A4.
“At the weekends we have simply given up leaving the road as the volume of traffic seems to double because of the M4 closure.”
“I drove to Tesco in Taplow a distance of 1.4 miles – it took me 25 minutes to get back to my house as the tail back of traffic on the A4 went back as far as Tesco.
“The situation has become so intolerable that I have put the house on the market. Living in Guards Club Road has become simply intolerable.”
Ms Harding described the Royal Borough’s expressed aim to improve traffic flow and alleviate congestion as ‘farcical’.
“The access to my road is severely restricted seven days a week,” she said.
Local residents are now using Ray Mill Road East and Ray Mill Road West as an alternative route to get to the town centre.
A council spokesman said: “The lights are in place while we upgrade the Oldfield Road roundabout to a signal-controlled junction to provide greater capacity in line with the development of Maidenhead town centre.
“Once this project has been completed the junction will flow more smoothly than during the roadworks. This would limit any impact on the Guards Club Road entry.
“We are also looking to see if improvements can be made to the ‘keep clear’ markings to further assist traffic flow.”
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