Bowes Road - Traffic Calming Measures
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Why further traffic calming measures are necessary.
1- Bowes road is residential road. The volume of traffic (including large articulated trucks) travelling down this road in both directions is now extensive. This will only continue to grow in the short to medium term with the planned local developments, including that of Stompond Lane, unless Surrey County Council take some action.
2- Bowes Road is used as a direct (rat run) cut through to Sidney road, given this is the only road with through access between Winchester Road in the town center and Rydens Road, a distance of just over 0.5 miles. All other roads leading off Hersham have no through paths forcing all traffic to cut through Bowes road only.
3- The present traffic calming measures on this road are wholly inadequate and have no impact on the speed of the traffic across it. Cars, trucks and buses come down this road at great speed (often in excess of 30mph) making (a) pulling in and out of driveways extremely dangerous and (b) crossing the road during school term treacherous. This is particularly acute as cars and large vans (with no affiliation to Bowes Road) often park on both sides of the road forcing oncoming traffic to swerve in and out as they traverse along the road hindering line of site. Additionally the space between the calming bumps on the road are long, allowing plenty of opportunity for oncoming traffic to gain speed including the buses that come down Bowes Road.
4- The small roundabout at the end of Bowes road is both dangerous to cross and a potential bottleneck for clear flow of traffic leading to traffic backing up along Bowes road for periods at a time with engines and exhausts running. this is both detrimental to health and well being as well as possible damage to outside of properties.
5- Surrey county council have carried out no reviews or taken any action in regards the points raised in 1-4 above, citing lack of funding as the main reason. It is only by raising a petition and sharing this with ourlocal and newly re-elected member of parliament Dominic Rabb can the residents take some action and seek to influence both Elmbridge and Surrey County Council regards introduction of further traffic calming measures and 20 mph speed restrictions on Bowes Road to address the current problems.
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