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,

Here’s a photo of the Red Road road works sign UPDATED

The B311 Red Road, between Heatherside in Camberley and West End that passes by Lightwater, is a busy and important road.

I’m sure I don’t really need to tell you that, also ny road works, accidents, broken down cars cause huge delays, especially during rush hours.

So, when there’s a notice appearing on the road indicating some upcoming road works, vehicles slow down to attempt to read the sign. The signs aren’t large, and the text is small, therefore reading from a moving vehicle is mostly unsuccessful. Here’s a photo of the sign. I’m try and find out more. Click on image to enlarge.

UPDATED: See below photo.

I knew there’d be someone who knows more about this than I do, and of course it’s knowledgeable Speedicus. His comment deserves wider prominence,

speedicus triplicatum

I believe they are taking ground samples down to the depth of the proposed Pipeline’s trench – which will cross the Red Road twixt Briar Ave & the Folly Bend at Lightwater Road, before going up to the trackway on the ridge behind the Lake & on to the Guildord Road – the original Trench route (virtually under the Pylons) is apparently sacrosanct due to tree-hugging Sand Lizards – so its seemingly better to devastate mature trees along the old trackway to the Water Mill across the Bypass ….

The Maultway sarsen stone is not a king stone

On a recent visit to see the state of the large saren stone on the Maultway, I talked with some of the project engineers, who said they’d heard it called a king stone.

It is not true that it’s a king stone. I have no idea of the source of this misinformation. A king stone, or coronation stone is an ancient Sarsen stone that is believed to have been used as the site of a coronation of an Anglo Saxon Kings. See Wikipedia for the Coronation Stone in Kingston upon Thames. The Stone of Scone is another such stone.

I know of four sarsen stones in Surrey Heath. I feel sure there are more.  Should you want to know more about sarsen stones, such as what they are made of, where they can be found, and more, then see the detailed paper Sarsen Stones and Erratics of the Wessex Coast. I’ve written about them too, and the moraines that deposited them in our countryside, see HERE. [Note: not forgetting Speedicus Triplicatum’s comment on the move of the one in Brentmoor Heath – see his comment in the article HERE.

Here are photos of the four local sarsen stones that I know of.

Wide sight-lines at junctions improve traffic flow

It is a bold statement to make that wide sight-lines improve traffic flow.

My evidence for this is from observing the traffic flow at peak times at the junction of Red Road, the Maultway, and Upper Chobham Road in Camberley. These roads meet at a substantial traffic island.

All of the roads leading onto the traffic island have suffered from queues. Some road more so than others. There is available data on traffic flows, collected to assist in planning for the new housing at Mindenhurst in Deepcut. I’m not referencing that data here. My statement is from personal observation.

The road works at the island are significant, creating a filter lane from Red Road, turning left into the Maultway, and from the Maultway turning left into Red Road.

From my observations, and I stand to be corrected here by more regular users of the roads I mention, even with the ongoing road works and the dislocation that that causes, the traffic flows have improved, and traffic queues are less than before.

My conclusion is that the improved visibility at the island, from almost from all directions, is the main cause for the improvement. A significant number of trees and scrub has been removed, such that drivers now have a wider area of vision of the traffic. See my photos of the situation as of early yesterday evening. Click on images to expand.



Work fully underway to replace Woodlands Lane bridge

I’m sure you’ll know of the unfortunate saga about Woodlands Lane Bridge – a couple of my reports HERE and HERE. The bridge was demolished in November 2016, adding to traffic congestion on local roads. The planned re-opening of a new bridge is advertised as being in the Winter of 2017/18.

It maybe that you’ve missed seeing, on the M3, there’s work underway to replace the bridge. Below is my photo of the work, taken today. Subsequently, I visited the Balfour Beatty site on New Road to enquire as to when the work would be completed. See the latest Highways England progress report on the bridge replacement.

The answer  I received was they are hoping to complete by the end of 2017, perhaps might extend into January 2018 if things don’t go to plan. A key part of the work to be completed is to erect a bridge support pier in the central reservation.

The good news is that work on the replacement of the bridge is progressing, as it should be. Looks like it’ll end up as only 14 months without a bridge – still far too long.

Is there gold under the A30 in Bagshot, must be as it’s being dug up again

There’s surely something valuable under the road of the A30 in Bagshot and Camberley too, because it’s being dug up yet again. Earlier this year there were works are needed to upgrade the power supply to the new Waitrose retail site, and last year it was water main replacement. This time it’s to lay fibre optic cabling. The works will begin on June 29th and are expected to last 13 weeks.

A30 road works