|Roundabout being trialled in Berkshire.|
I recently attended the Arundel Town Council Traffic committee which is held at the Town Hall and is chaired by the Excellent Cllr Martyn Pettifer. I attend as District Councillor and a co opted observer. The committee which includes The Mayor Michael Tu, Town Councillors, Our County Councillor Nigel Peters, County Council officer Scott Judge, Kay Wagland of agenda 21 and Roger Everitt of the Arundel Community Partnership
Roger made a presentation on behalf of the ACP regarding his vision of One Arundel, when a new By-pass is built it provides the opportunities to re style key junctions, to re-unite the town as one, to make Ford Road a dead end with no access to the By-Pass.
Arundel would be accessed by the old A27 either East or West, using the new By-pass to access Ford Road south of the By-pass (There would be no access North).
Roger vision is for the Ford Road roundabout to become a single surface low speed area which would be pedestrian friendly, there are many examples of this type of re modelling in the UK as well as place like the Netherlands,
All these changes are not certain, but it gives the opportunity for the whole community to swing behind a positive shopping list agenda of positive changes for a post Bypass future.
I made this point to Kay that we should all join forces to lobby government to get these changes adopted as part of the overall plan, I would also include some sort of earth bund around the western end to reduce noise to those houses that would be closest to the bypass, add all the previously mentioned opportunities to develop a network of cycleway and foot paths.