Wednesday, 18 July 2018

400 new homes will add to congestion, say residents

HENLEY’S traffic problems must be solved in order for 400 new homes to be built, say residents.

They fear development will make congestion worse. Some want heavy goods vehicles to be banned from driving through the town centre while others say more cycle routes are needed.

There were also calls for a new bridge over the Thames, improved bus and train services, more parking places and a park and ride scheme.

A survey of residents was carried out in December and January for the Henley and Harpsden joint neighbourhood plan. Most of the 495 people who completed the questionnaire said traffic was their highest priority for improving infrastructure.

Sixty-eight per cent said anti-congestion measures were “essential” and another 24 per cent rated them “important”. The second highest priority was investment in cycle routes, which 58 per cent deemed either “essential” or “important”.

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