Thursday, 17 August 2017

Cash needed to fund filter lane for regatta

A FILTER lane could be reinstated on Henley Bridge during next year’s Henley Royal Regatta to ease traffic congestion.

A FILTER lane could be reinstated on Henley Bridge during next year’s Henley Royal Regatta to ease traffic congestion.

Oxfordshire County Council employed marshals to man the traffic lights from 9am to 6pm for four days of this year’s event which allowed a filter lane from Thames Side on to the bridge at the same time as traffic crossed from Remenham.

Town and county councillor David Nimmo Smith said: “The consensus was that this worked well and reduced traffic congestion in Henley.

“Unfortunately, budget constraints prevent the county council doing this on a permanent basis.”

The royal regatta’s committee of management has pledged £500 towards the extra marshals for next year but the total cost is £2,000. Cllr Nimmo Smith said: “It is hoped that other organisations, particularly those with car park operations that contribute toward the increased levels of traffic, might be prevailed upon to make a similar contribution.”

The filter lane was introduced as an experiment because the county council had money left over from when the Olympic flame was carried through Henley last year.

Cllr Nimmo Smith said marshals were needed to manually control the traffic lights because heavy goods lorries need to use the whole width of the bridge to swing around from Thames Side.

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