Residents asked for views on proposals to restrict HGVs on Poyle Road
Slough Borough Council is asking residents and businesses for their views on proposals to put a bus lane and width restriction in Poyle Road, Colnbrook to prevent HGV traffic travelling through nearby residential areas.
The council is planning to install the measures near the Punchbowl pub in response to concerns about HGVs – Heavy Good Vehicles – using the northern section of Poyle Road and Bath Road to access Poyle industrial estate.
The plans involve the introduction of a bus lane in the middle of the carriageway, with traffic islands to mark the route and assist pedestrians with crossing the road.
What is being proposed? The introduction of a bus gate and width restriction at the northern end of Poyle Road near the Punch Bowl pub will allow general vehicles excluding Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) to access Poyle Road through the width restriction and prohibits all vehicles except buses access via the bus gate throughout the year. The bus gate itself will involve the introduction of a bus lane in the middle of the carriageway, with traffic islands to denote the bus route and assist pedestrians with crossing the road. Other vehicles (non-HGV traffic) will be able to pass alongside the bus lane on the carriageway by using the width restriction.
HGVs wishing to access Poyle Road must access the area from the south, via Horton Road.
Other non-HGV vehicles will be able to pass alongside the bus lane on a width-restricted carriageway.
The measures will force HGVs to access Poyle Road from the south, via Horton Road. New road signs will warn HGV drivers of the restrictions.
Councillor Fiza Matloob, commissioner for transport and highways, said: “These plans are about improving the environment for residents.
“The northern part of Poyle Road is not really designed for HGVs, whereas the southern route via Horton Road is much more suitable.
“By diverting lorries to the more suitable route we will be improving safety and reducing noise and pollution for residents, without affecting normal traffic or the buses.”
Local residents and businesses are being encouraged to respond to the council’s consultation on the proposals, which runs from 21 September until 12 October.
Feedback can be given via the following channels:
- Email: TfS@slough.gov.uk
- Post a comment on: www.facebook.com/transportforslough
- Send your feedback via Twitter: @SloughCouncil
- Write to Transport for Slough at: Transport and Highways, Second Floor West, St Martins Place, 51 Bath Road, Slough, SL1 3UF
For a summary of the proposals and a map please visit www.slough.gov.uk/poyleroad
If the scheme goes ahead it will be built before April 2017.