This enquiry was in response to residents concerns that the duration of the closure will cause emmence pressure on traffic in our area.
Dear Councillor Ioannou
Thank you for your email yesterday regarding the duration of the road closure of Queen Elizabeth’s Drive between Raleigh Way and The Bourne.
Please note the works are programmed for six weeks in total, however a road closure is only required for phases 1 and 2, which are due to last approximately four weeks, (two weeks per phase). The temporary traffic order for the road closure of Queen Elizabeth’s Drive was processed/advertised for the full six week duration, as a contingency, to allow for any unforeseen circumstances and is not required for phase 3, (for the last two weeks of the scheme).
When undertaking any works it is necessary to balance the needs of getting the works progressed safely, keeping disruption to a minimum, safety to road users and how that disruption is best managed. In this case, in order to progress the works safely and avoid undue congestion on The Bourne, the closure of Queen Elizabeth’s Drive is necessary. To not close Queen Elizabeth’s Drive for phases 1 and 2 would require three way traffic lights to allow for traffic to exit from that road and would increase delays at the junction.
Under normal circumstances, the parking bay in the section of Queen Elizabeth’s Drive between Raleigh Way and The Bourne is frequently used, including for people attending the nurseries, Church and Church hall. A third signal head operational in Queen Elizabeth’s Drive would require suspension of the parking bay, in order to allow larger oncoming vehicles entering Queen Elizabeth’s Drive from The Bourne to pass unimpeded. Access to this section of road adjacent to the Church and nurseries is being maintained from the junction with Raleigh Way by following a relatively short diversion via The Bourne, Wynchgate and Raleigh Way. Access to The Priory hospital entrance on Queen Elizabeth’s Drive is being maintained from The Bourne.
We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused.