The Broadway Road closure explained

Broadway Road joins Lightwater to Windlesham. It’s not a long road, perhaps no more than a mile or so. It runs underneath the M3 at one point. It is an important road, allowing traffic from Camberley, Farnborough and surrounding areas a convenient route to Chertsey, Addlestone, and beyond.

For this little road to be closed for five weeks, see Surrey County Council notice below, is a significant disruption for traffic, so the reason for its closure is obviously important. Below this notice I explain the reason for the work, with some explanatory [hopefully] photos.

Visiting the road works and chatting to the engineers, socially distanced of course, I learned that the part of Broadway Road immediately to the north of the M3 is prone to flooding. The drain under the road, from an underground chamber on one side to the drain on the other isn’t working as it should. A large, sewer type concrete drain is being installed across the road. Hence the road closure. Here are my photos,

Life returning to normal: No.1

We’ve a long way to go before life fully returns to normal. Some activities are returning to normal, which should be appreciated by us all. This bike meet is one such.

Passing Jack’s fish and chips emporium on the A30 in Bagshot on Wednesday, I couldn’t resist stopping by and gazing at the variety of motor bikes, mostly old, as were their owners. Good to see. Click on images to expand.

Prescient, moi. Surrey Heath Council tweet about the Obelisk

Today, yes, on this very day I wrote about visiting the Obelisk in Camberley, and lo and behold, Surrey Heath Borough Council tweeted twice today on the subject. Firstly about how the gates to the access path are locked in accordance with other local parks, namely 4.0pm for the Obelisk. Here’s their most recent tweet,

Improved access to the Obelisk in Camberley

It was on a sunny day in November 2018 when I last visited the Obelisk that overlooks the centre of Camberley.

I saw on the Camberley Eye blog that work has been done to the approach to the Obelisk. Yesterday I checked out this work. Just in case there’s a reader who’s unaware of its location, here’s the description from the borough council,

Camberley Park, Knoll Road, Camberley GU15 3HD
Behind the Civic offices and Camberley library. A new park created as part of a housing development. A unique feature is the ruined Obelisk Tower situated on a hill overlooking Camberley. There is also a small children’s playground.

From the path by the Library I walked over Camberley Park to the path to the Obelisk. A sturdy fence now secures access to the Obelisk. Improvements the path leading up to the Obelisk include steps and wooden fencing, making it a pleasanter experience than in the past to venture up to the Obelisk.

Before I show my photos of the path, I’ve a couple of comments. Trees and bushes again obscure the Obelisk from view from Camberley Park, a photo in my 2018 visit [see above] shows it unobscured. Nature is always keep to take over. My other comment is that when arriving at the Obelisk its view over Camberley is worthwhile, though the viewing area hasn’t had the investment that the fencing an path that you would expect. The viewing platform area is too small, there’s limited seating, no rubbish bin, and no information board. All missed opportunities.

Here are my photos of the path up to the Obelisk from the start up to the top,

The Maultway sarsen stone happily sitting in its new home

Yesterday I took a longer constitutional walk than I’ve done recently. Up the heathland track alongside Red Road, to the Maultway roundabout with Red Road, and then through the MOD vehicle test track and back home.

Reaching the island at the Maultway with Red Road, I crossed over to visit the sarsen stone, over which there was much discussion about its future during the recent road widening.

I can report that it sits happily in its new home. I also read a couple of notices at the entry to the test track. See photos of both below. In looking back at my writings on the Maultway sarsen stone I realised that I’m repeating myself, a consequence of lockdown. I’m not currently venturing far from home.

A shop sign in Camberley High Street confuses me: UPDATE: Confusion Over

Well, well. It appears that the shop sign is original. Comments from Paul and especially David at Camberley Eye who has commenters from employees of the shop in the 1950’s.

Good to know.

Needing some picture hooks, a trip to Robert Dyas in the High Street in Camberley called. On leaving the shop with my purchases I spotted a shop sign over what was Kitchen Kapers.

The sign said The Home and Colonial Stores Limited. Surely this couldn’t have been an original shop sign from the 1960’s that’s just been revealed. A quick internet search finds that Home and Colonial was resurrected in 1997, now trading as an antiques and interior shop.

Some research is now needed to unravel this mystery. I’m doubting it’s an original sign.

A man to admire and respect, RIP Jack Charlton

The character of Jack Charlton shines through the photos. Truly a man to admire.
This is a tweet from the Household Cavalry @HCav1660.
We are sad to hear of the passing of 1966 World Cup winner, Jack Charlton. During his service, he served 2yrs (1953-55) & captained the Horse Guards Football Team in Hanover to victory. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. We Will Remember Him.

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The Island Line receives an investment boost

A day trip to the Isle of Wight is a regular favourite of ours – though not in lockdown times. Portsmouth to Ryde on the ferry is our preferred route. Where to then, we sometimes take the tube train or occasionally a bus from Ryde.

I’ve discussed the state and future of the Island Line in The uncertain future of tube trains on the Isle of Wight. I’ve also commented of the joys of train travel on the island in A magical day out to the Isle of Wight, and of fun to be had at Brading station.

It’s pleasure to report on something annouced last year, which I missed. It’s the £26 million investment in new trains and track for the Island Line. The troubles of the current tube trains are that they are over 80 years old, and were last given a major overhaul in 1990. Here are the announcements,

Here are the proposals for the Island Line upgrade,

September 2019 Island Line investment announcement made at Brading
Late 2019-2020 Build of new Vivarail Class 484 trains begins at Long Marston, Midlands
Late 2019 onwards Design and planning work for Island Line infrastructure
April 2020 Testing begins on first Class 484 Island Line unit
Spring 2020 Wifi and Ticket Machines installed at stations
Summer 2020 First Class 484 train arrives on the Isle of Wight for testing
October/November 2020 More new Class 484 carriages arrive on the Isle of Wight
Winter 2020/2021 Disruption during infrastructure works – shuttle service in operation
February 2021 Final new Class 484 carriages delivered
March 2021 Last 1938 stock Island Line train decommissioned
May 2021 Brand new timetable introduced with new trains