Enthusiasm has been well and truly kerbed

The kerb before the changes were carried out
The kerb before the changes were carried out
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DRAMATIC amendments have been made to the traffic calming measures in Winslow High Street, after the Advertiser reported on the number of motorists who were suffering burst tyres after accidentally colliding with it.

Last month we reported that Winslow resident Louise Gibney was so incensed about the damage to her partner’s car from the jutting out kerb that she had billed Transport for Bucks (TfB) for the repairs.

And daytime manager Mel Webster, who works at Rosie’s brasserie, which overlooks the traffic calming, told this newspaper at the time that bar staff were keeping a tally of tyres burst on the kerb. At that point it stood at 30.

Now TfB has carried out extensive modifications to the traffic calming measures at that point on the A413 through the town.

Not only has the kerb been reduced in width by about 50 per cent, but it has also been surmounted with two bollards, which are illuminated at night.

Rosie’s owner Bob Cross told the Advertiser this week: “It’s better, but now they’ve made it so small they might as well have taken it away.

“It makes you wonder why they put it there in the first place.”

He said the kerb had created an obstruction next to the zebra crossing, near Winslow’s Market Square.

“Before they even started, when it was marked out on the road, I knew it was going to be trouble,” he said.

“It’s too close to the crossing.”

The traffic calming measures carried out by TfB in Winslow were designed and funded by Banner Homes as part of the planning agreement for the new Verney Road housing development.

Winslow resident Ruth Ash has called the measures a “waste of public money” and said the funds could have been better spent for the good of the town.

She added that the new bollards were “totally out of keeping with the High Street.”

A TfB spokesman said: “Winslow High Street traffic calming was a requirement of the developer and funded by them. There were snagging issues with the scheme, mainly the build-out near the zebra crossing.

“As a matter of course, we would always revisit a site to check the scheme is safe. We were grateful to be made aware by residents directly and through the Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser of the problem and were able to get out to the site and rectify the situation quickly.

“We are now happy the scheme will provide sufficient traffic calming, while also keeping the traffic flowing and pedestrians safe.”