Let me say to start with, I was wrong. I thought that the pavement build-out at the junction of Guildford Road and All Saints Road in Lightwater was a useful way of slowing traffic through the centre of Lightwater. Others thought the constriction of the traffic flow was ineffective.
The erection of new houses opposite the pavement build-out necessitated a change to the road layout, with the replacement of the build-out with a road table. Still with the purpose of slowing traffic entering the centre of Lightwater. At the time I was unsure about the value of the change. Now, I think the new design is an improvement.
The changes give a cleaner and smoother vista when entering the centre of Lightwater. Windlesham Parish Council will, so I’m informed, maintain the verge on the new pavement, introducing plants and not solely grass. There are new solid bollards to stop parking on the pavement, and the pavement outside the new properties has been widened, which is a huge improvement.
There’s also a new pedestrian crossing near the Post Office. Something that’s been promised for many years. While all these changes are not yet complete, they improve the all round look and feel of the centre of Lightwater.
Here’s a selection of photos of before and after the changes.