Monday, 23 October 2017

Don't use Remenham as 'rat run' drivers urged

DRIVERS should be discouraged from using Remenham as a ?rat run? to avoid queues in the evening rush hour, says the parish council chairman.

DRIVERS should be discouraged from using Remenham as a ?rat run? to avoid queues in the evening rush hour, says the parish council chairman.

John Halsall said a 20mph speed restriction might be needed in the village as the problem was causing accidents.

Councillor Halsall, who is also Wokingham Borough Council?s deputy executive member for highways, was speaking at a parish meeting at Remenham parish hall.

He said: ?There are too many near-fatalities on Remenham Hill, particularly motorcycle crashes ? there have been six in the last 12 months. We can?t not do something about it.

?We might have to inconvenience the people of South Oxfordshire the way they inconvenience us.

?The traffic on the bridge leads to traffic forming on the hill. It is people living in Oxfordshire trying to get home. They?re badly behaved as they return from London or wherever and the last bit of their journey is frustrating.?

He said the parish council wanted to stop drivers cutting through Remenham via Remenham Church Lane to try to avoid the queueing traffic on White Hill.

?We have a Remenham calming scheme which has been quite successful but we need to do something about the rat run, including the possibility of changing the roads to 20mph,? said Cllr Halsall.

?A lot of people have accidents on the roads but do not report them to the police. We like to encourage people to report accidents, if not to the police then to us.?

Meanwhile, a meeting is to be held later this month to discuss the bottlenecks on Henley Bridge. It has been organised by Cllr Halsall and Councillor David Nimmo Smith, a Henley town councillor and Oxfordshire County Council?s cabinet member for highways.

* What do you think? Write to: Letters, Henley Standard, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley, RG9 1AD or email letters@henleystandard.co.uk

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