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Cookham Bridge Traffic Lights : March 2000

Poll Results:
Do you agree?

Yes : 53%
No : 26%
Not Sure : 21%

I understand that the "interested parties" have decided that traffic lights should be reinstalled at Cookham Bridge once renovation is complete, so that single flow traffic can cross.

Just a few points:

1. This means that queues of vehicles will build along Cookham High street and from Bourne End / Boulters Lock directions.

2. Many will bypass Cookham High street by going along school Lane to miss the traffic. What's there? oh yes , I remember, a school, with many small children crossing the road.

3. Many people will prefer to go down Maidenhead Road to get to the A4. They are likely to pass 2 (larger) schools in Maidenhead.

4. Cars decelerating, and then accelerating at the lights cause more pollution than those passing through at a relatively constant pace. They also make more noise revving engines etc.

5. If anyone wants to turn into/ out from The Harvester by the Bridge, they are likely to cause a jam ( and potential hazard) by stopping traffic flow. Chances are that the lights will change with vehicles still waiting to cross the bridge - more chaos, more danger.

6. "Ah yes, but the pedestrians and cyclists - what about them? Single flow traffic will enable them to feel safe" - interesting discussion about the tunnel.

Or was the logic of the planners more on the lines of - less total traffic flow = less wear & tear on the bridge = less cost. No need to build a Millennium Footbridge & no need to renovate a tunnel. Pass the cost onto the local residents, and motorists. Surely not. Izzembard K. Brunel

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Speeding Limits in Cookham : February 2000

Poll Results:
Do you agree?

Yes : 64%
No : 26%
Not Sure : 10%

Here we go again.

The current wave of government and media hype on speeding reaches Cookham.

Here are a number of points I'd like to make:

1. Motorists are NOT in the minority. Most people have access to, or rely on a car in some way - many of those who preach on about speeding believe their opinions don't apply to themselves.

2. Those people who do preach on have a lifestyle that means they don't travel long distances, and have no conception of how much driving others have to do for their jobs etc. they therefore believe that going 30mph everywhere is fine. Not if you are doing 250 miles a day and a full days work matey.

3. Speed limits everywhere are inappropriately applied - Cookham Dean school being a prime example. However, the "traffic calming" C!*P by Boulters lock both causes unnecessary angst - car drivers trying to miss the POORLY MARKED islands, rather than using their peripheral vision to watch for pedestrians walking out in front of them -, and is DANGEROUS. Which cretin thought of putting an traffic island just before / after a busy blind junction by the lock?

4. Roads have a "natural" speed limit. Putting artificially low limits only serves to raise money in speeding fines, and gives the local authorities a boost to their egos. - Place speed limits where there is a history of accidents - based on fact, not local dignatories flexing their muscles.

5. Speed in itself DOES NOT KILL. Inappropriate speed makes consequences of an accident worse. Lack of attention and concentration, indecision, poor signalling, and poor judgement do.

6. Those who do many miles keep out of peoples way. That means they will overtake those who they think are not concentrating, have just pulled out in front of them (who then invariably turn right at then next turning), who are chatting to the passenger, who look lost. This means they will exceed the speed limit, because it is the safe thing to do to get away from the potential hazard.

There are many more points - but that is enough for now!!

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