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,

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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 Red Road/Maultway roadworks completed

What a relief, no more queuing through the roadworks to recreate the island at the junctions of Red Road, the Maultway, and Upper Chobham Road.

Like many of you, I have grudgingly accepted the time lost to queuing, especially on the Red Road approach to the roadworks. My worst was being in a queue of the fourth traffic light cycle, would’ve been queuing for more than 20 minutes. I’d mentally switched off, otherwise annoyance would’ve overtaken me.

Anyway, the road works are complete. Earlier this week, during the middle of the day I stood by the island and watched the traffic flow. I saw that everything was running smoothly. Thank goodness they did not opt for traffic lights.

The sarsen stone is now nicely positioned, hopefully, in future not to be lost behind scrub.

UPDATE: Can accept a 10 minute traffic delay, not a 2 week road closure

UPDATE: Thanks to commenter Speedicus, see in comments below, I now learn that it’s only a overnight road closure  – SEE HERE – from 8.0pm to 6.0am. Why couldn’t they say so?

The road works creating a new island at the junction of the B311 Red Road, Upper Chobham Road, and the Maultway is causing traffic delays. Yesterday from the queue at S Bends on Red Road I waited 10 minutes till I could to cross over the road works.

A 10 minute delay I can handle, a road closure to two weeks I can’t.

A two week road closure, where did I learn about that. Well, it’s all very odd. Yesterday I saw a warning sign on the Maultway – coming from the A30 – stating that the road would be closed for two weeks from 15-4-2019. Today, when I went to photograph the sign, it wasn’t there.

Have they changed their minds, or was it an error? Whatever. Even thinking about closing the roads around the road works for any length of time is unacceptable.

Attending a Surrey Heath Council meeting 1 of 4: Traffic horrors

The leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council, Cllr Moira Gibson, announced her standing down from the role in January 2019. See press release HERE. An informal reception to recognise Moira’s 21 years as leader of the Council was held after the council meeting on Thursday this week.

As a past mayor I had an invitation the reception. Not having been in the audience for a council meeting for a year or so, I planned to watch the whole meeting.

Leaving home at 6.30 pm for a 7.0pm meeting start, I failed to remember the traffic queue on Red Road. The queue began just prior to Macdonald Road. As the queue moved a little forward I was able to leave the queue, thinking the A30 through Bagshot would be a good idea.

What a bad move that turned out to be. The queues on the A30 were far worse that Red Road. Cllr Valerie White notes how bad is this traffic HERE on her Facebook page.

Morals of this story. Allow more time for local journey’s, and the Red Road traffic queues aren’t quite as bad as the alternatives.

 

A route to avoid Red Road traffic delays

George Britton commented here yesterday,

47 minutes this evening travelling the 1.1 miles from the junction of Macdonald Rd/Red Road to the Red Road roundabout.

Yesterday afternoon we joined Red Road, encountered the stationary traffic, and luckily were able to turn into Macdonald Road and find an alternative route to Farnborough.

To avoid Red Road entirely is difficult, as the Bisley and Pirbright ranges make a significant diversion on one side, and the horrors of the A30 on the other side.

To state the obvious, it depends on where you’re coming from or going to. If coming from the Woking direction then there’s a route worth trying, and that’s to take the A322 to Bisley, then turn into Queens Road, over the canal, under the railway bridge, and into Gole Road. This takes you to Frimley Green. Hence, Red Road avoided.

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.

Woodlands Lane M3 bridge set for demolition this Saturday – and here’s how

4-woodlands-lane-m3-bridge-services-diversion_2Get Surrey has the details on the demolition of Woodlands Lane Bridge over the M3 in Windlesham – M3 weekend closure: Highways England reveals how bridge demolition project will be carried out.

It’s this weekend that the bridge is being demolished, with the M3 closed from 9.0pm on Friday to 530.am on Monday 21st November. Haven’t seen to see the bridge for a few weeks. Guess the re-routing of the services is now complete.

Want to know more? Highways England has a Woodlands Lane Bridge demolition special information newsletter, shown below.

Woodlands Lane M3 Bridge demolition postponed, due to reopen on June 10th

Woodlands Lane M3 Bridge_1Balfour Beatty has informed the Windlesham Society that the planned demolition of Woodlands Lane Bridge has been postponed. The bridge remains closed to vehicular traffic, but passable for pedestrians and cyclists. The bridge is due to reopen on Friday 10th June.

Here’s the note from Balfour Beatty

Woodlands Lane Bridge – Demolition postponement

Over the past few months we have been communicating with you on our plans to demolish Woodlands Lane Bridge this summer.  In order to minimise the impact on the community and ensure vital services aren’t disrupted, the proposed demolition has been postponed.

Safety of both the public and our workforce is a top priority for Highways England, as is safeguarding the utility services (gas, electric, wifi etc.) that run through Woodlands Lane bridge serving the village of Windlesham.

We have undertaken detailed planning for the proposed demolition and we continually check progress and review our planning and contingencies. What has become apparent during this planning stage is that we need to further review what more we can do for the community during the closure of Woodlands Bridge while work is taking place.

We also continue to review the process of moving the utilities, which currently run through the bridge and serve the village of Windlesham, and levels of protection needed for these services.

We will advise of a new start date for the demolition once we are satisfied that our review is complete and fully considers the needs of the community and our workforce.

We will be liaising closely with Surrey County Council and the Parish Council and will write to you again to inform you of the future closure dates as soon as they are known.

For information, Woodlands Lane will temporarily remain closed to vehicular traffic while utility companies are on site undertaking essential works. The lane will remain open to pedestrians while these works are ongoing. Once this work is completed, we will re-open Woodlands Lane to vehicular traffic until such time as we can re-schedule the demolition date.  We expect to be able to re-open Woodlands Lane on or around Friday 10th June 2016.

David Neal

Project Director | Balfour Beatty | Major Projects | M3 J2-4A Smart Motorways Scheme

T: +44 (0)1252 555700  | M: +44 (0)7795 308178 |  E: david.neal@balfourbeatty.com

Balfour Beatty, M3 Jct 2-4a Project Office, Cody Technology Park, Building A2, Ively Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 0LX