Bisham Roundabout destroyed signage and debris
Reported via desktop in the Sign issue category anonymously at 16:59, Monday 29 March 2021
Sent to Highways England less than a minute later
Unfortunately there are still many accidents which occur on or near the roundabout. As a result of two accidents some 8 months ago the roundabouts signage including the chevron direction signs were completely destroyed and a lot of truck and car parts left on the roundabout. We were pleased when we received a letter a few weeks ago telling us the roundabout and the roads of it would be closed for 3 nights for repairs on or about the roundabout. We put up with the noisy workers for two nights this week in anticipation of the renovation of the roundabout. We are now very disappointed that the work was completed after only 2 nights and as far as we can see, nothing has been done to repair the signage and remove the car parts. When will this be rectified? firstname.lastname@example.org 07500058593.
Thank you for your telephone call to me last week regarding my complaint Reference: FMS2641315 about Bisham Roundabout and the surrounding area.
I would like to confirm with you the gist of our conversation as follows:
We have complained several times recently about the state of Bisham roundabout and the surrounding area. We have complained to you - Highways England, about this and to the Thames Valley Police, the latter when we experienced disruption from cars speeding and racing each other around the roundabout. Currently there is debris from several accidents and destroyed signage on the roundabout which has been in this state for more than10 months. There is also a lot of litter all along the A404, at the sides of the road and accumulating in the adjacent banks and verges. I received the call on Friday 16th April from you as the representative of Highways England in response to my complaint and we had a long conversation as follows:
You have confirmed Highways England have no plans to fix any of these issues outlined above and in my complaint, or to try to alleviate the speeding problems.
You are adamant that the responsibility for clearing litter, even at the side of this main road lies with the local council - RBWM. You have confirmed your council liaison officer will pass this complaint on and discuss this again with RBWM.
As to the roundabout itself and the speeding, you agree this is is a serious issue which needs addressing. Highways England considers the roundabout to be dangerous, the main issues being speeding and reckless driving.
You have said that HE are aware of the number of accidents occurring, and that groups of motorists invite each other over the internet to race on the A404 and that this practice occurs regularly. However you confirmed that HE have no plans to alter the road or roundabout as you do not think anything will be achieved without the support of RBWM. You cited a report issued in 2015 which recommended several choices to change the roundabout aimed at reducing speed and hence the number or accidents occurring, all of which were rejected by RWBM. Highways England feels it may be a waste of time and budget to suggest further recommendations as you fear these will also be rejected "out of hand" by RBWM.
If RBWM did agree there is an issue and would accept recommendations by Highways England, HE would be happy to put forward recommendations and potentially carry out works to reduce speeding on this section of the A404.
Highways England are, you confirmed, still looking at whether to replace the destroyed signage on Bisham roundabout, but you raised the safety and budget concerns which weigh against this. If there is no change to the roundabout approaches you are not sure whether there is purpose to replacing a sign which may get destroyed again quickly, costing even more money and potentially being a further safety issue to anyone hitting the roundabout.
We agreed the way forward is for residents and local bodies to lobby RBWM to gain their support for change to the road/roundabout, then ask Highways England to do something. You have said more people and bodies who contact RBWM asking for change the more likely it is to happen.
Please let me know that you agree this is a fair record of our conversation.
Posted anonymously at 19:44, Thursday 22 April 2021
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