Mar 072020

The continuing closure of Hammersley Lane is difficult for many residents as we struggle to leave the village, Cock Lane becomes gridlocked and drivers are getting angry. The Residents Society decided to follow up a previous letter sent (in August 2019 when we drew attention to the series of road closures we had endured over the summer) this time we requested action to improve the signage on Cock Lane and drew their attention to the continuing closures. Please see the letter below, if and when we receive a response we will publish that as well!

The letter was sent to the head of Highways at Bucks County Council in Aylesbury

28th February 2020

Road closures in Penn & Tylers Green

We appreciated your letter of 27 August 2019 in response to ours of 19 August regarding the frequent closure of Hammersley Lane in Tylers Green.  Copies of both these letters are attached for ease of reference.

 Since this exchange, we have had  two further road closures, the most recent being from 17–21 February (School half term) to allow Thames Water to connect water utilities to another new development along the lane. Many drivers ignore the diversion signs that take them around Beaconsfield (some extra 5 miles), preferring to drive down Cock Lane which is a narrow single lane with passing places.  At the lower end it has a restricted railway bridge with a weight limit which larger lorries heading to or from the A40, regularly ignore.  The resulting build up of traffic at the Tylers Green end is particularly unpalatable for those who live close to the start of the single lane section of Cock Lane.

 The Penn & Tylers Green Residents Society manages a Facebook and website for the residents and with over 1000 hits, we are acutely aware of the frustration caused by problems on these lanes.   As more houses continue to be built along Hammersley Lane the need for co-ordination of closures will continue.

We recognise that this is a temporary problem, but  it could be considerably alleviated by proper signage.   There is a sign by the crossroads of St Johns Road, Church Road and Cock Lane – saying the road is not suitable for large goods vehicles,but  there is nothing closer to the start of the single track section which is a quarter of a mile away, and there is no such sign coming up from the A40,

There is a sign saying single road with passing places at the start of our end of the narrow section but it is so dirty it is impossible to read.  The similar sign at the lower end of the narrow section has been knocked down and is lying on the kerb.  There are no signs either side of the railway bridge limiting weight of traffic.  It would also be good if it were  possible to encourage sensible driving by say advising that only 2 or 3 vehicles at a  time should use each passing place when traffic is busy.

We would therefore be most grateful  for your intervention to ensure that the necessary signage is both complete and very visible and that the co-ordination for closures is as effective as possible..

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