Airport link could create ‘chaos’By Hugh Fort
November 19, 2008
A high-speed rail link between Wokingham and Heathrow Airport would mean a massive increase in the time the town’s level crossings are closed – which could lead to traffic chaos.
A report released by BAA airport provider says if the new Airtrack Heathrow plan does go ahead it could mean an increase in use of the town’s three crossings.
The report reveals the two additional trains an hour coming from Reading to the airport would increase the time the crossings in Station Road and Star Lane are shut by 25 per cent.
Use of the crossing in Waterloo Road would also increase by just under 10 per cent.
The town already suffers major problems when the crossings are down, with traffic backing up in Barkham Road and Station Road in the town centre and Easthampstead Road and Waterloo Road.
The delays can lead to drivers making rash decisions, which include driving down the wrong side of the road to get into drives or side roads.
BAA says it is working with Wokingham Borough Council bosses, who say they broadly support thye scheme, to solve the potential problems but has already ruled out bridges or underpasses over the railway lines.
For information about the plan, Visit www.heathrowairport.com.airtrack.
The company is also holding a public exhibition at Wokingham Town Hall in Market Place on Tuesday, November 25, between midday and 8pm.
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