Community groups are wrong to believe a relief road is a silver bullet to Langley and Colnbrook congestion
Rather than being a “silver bullet”, any new north-south relief road is likely to make congestion worse by attracting motorway traffic and HGVs onto local roads, says Slough Borough Council in a report to be discussed by councillors on Tuesday. The report concludes community groups are wrong to back the idea.
Local transport is set to be heavily disrupted from Sunday following a strike by London Underground workers from 18.00 this Sunday 8 January for 24 hours.
With disruption across most of the country outside of the South East from Barbara and Conor, a complete shutdown of the Great Western Rail network into Paddington, and the Colnbrook stretch of the M25 predicted to be the worst in Britain (who’d have guessed), travel this Christmas could be especially challenging.
Resurfacing on the A4 London Road between Upton Court Road and High Street Langley began yesterday (28 November) and will take around three weeks. The works will require the eastbound carriageway to be closed at night for about two weeks from next week (5 December).
Having already extended its consultation on Poyle Road HGV restrictions to next Friday, Slough Council is also holding a drop-in session at the Village Hall on Tuesday. Few businesses have responded so far but those on the Coln and Galleymead Road industrial estates, along with Poyle Trading Estate, could be particularly impacted by all-too-regular problems on the motorways if the scheme goes ahead next Spring.
A public consultation asking for views on proposals to restrict heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in Poyle Road, Colnbrook has been extended to Friday 18 November.
Truckers warn M25 won’t cope with Third Runway construction traffic, while Highways England expects “excessive customer frustration”
Years of “excessive customer frustration” are ahead for users of the motorway network and local roads. Stark warnings have been issued this week by the Road Hauliers Association and Highways England that construction traffic for a new runway could bring everything to a complete standstill.
The Langley Neighbourhood Forum says it wants to meet with the directors of First Group to attempt to persuade them to reverse bus route changes that came into effect three weeks ago.
Slough’s Cabinet will review the Chequer’s Bridge closure once again tomorrow night – but there is little optimism that the current restrictions will be removed any time soon.