Railway Station Ticket Barriers

I’ve been informed by the Senior Regional Development Manager of South Western Railway that the gate line at Brookwood station goes live tomorrow morning.

I had further assurances on Monday at a Network Rail / SWR seminar I attended that there will be no impediment to access to Brookwood Cemetery.

Please let me know if you do have any problems accessing the cemetery.

Cheers.

Kevin

Brookwood Lye Road Speed Reduced to 40mph

Many of us drive on auto-pilot and don’t immediately notice changes to the road network as we are so used to our daily drives.

From a safety perspective, I’ve been working for around two years to try and get the speed limit reduced on Brookwood Lye Road. Since I’ve lived in Brookwood, I can recall two fatal accidents, with the last just a couple of years ago.

It was a delimited road which if it didn’t have the relatively blind bend and the scenario where traffic backs up to the bend from the traffic lights, it would probably be quite safe.

However it isn’t safe at 60mph and I’m very pleased to see the limit has now been reduced to 40mph. In December 2017 I asked for a review of the speed limit at the SCC / WBC Joint Committee. You can read my post here. A review was held which recommended a reduction in the limit. To enact this, a full public consultation was required, the net result is that this week the limit has been lowered.

It won’t stop all accidents, but I hope to never see another fatal accident down this road in the future.

Cheers.

Kevin

Grit Bins

Not a great deal to report recently and from a Council perspective, things will be reasonably quiet for most of the rest of the year.

I’ve been asked to try and get a grit bin for Elphinstone Close as the slope into the close causes hazards during cold periods. That process is on the move and we await an officer’s recommendation.

If you’re aware of other roads in the ward that might benefit from a grit bin, please let me know and we’ll see what can be done.

Cheers.

Kevin

Anti-Social Behaviour

Thankfully, we don’t experience too much ASB in Brookwood and the immediate surroundings. However we do occasionally experience pockets of it on Sheet’s Heath recreational ground and (predictably) under the station car park.

Having had a chat with Woking Borough Council ASB officers, the Police and British Transport Police, the message is clear, they all require intelligence and that requires reporting and diaries to be kept. If you experience or are affected by ASB, please report it and diarise it for future reference.

Contact the Police on 101, and text the British Transport Police on 61016. In an emergency, obviously call 999.

The BTP need a few details, for example, texting ‘People vandalising cars at Brookwood station’ would enable their officers to quickly respond. Officers are roaming the area (thankfully they don’t rely on the trains), and can respond quite quickly.

We’ll never stop ASB, but we can help make our own lives easier and more peaceful.

Cheers.

Kevin

Brookwood Lye Road Speed Limit

As previously discussed, I have been trying to get the speed limit on Brookwood Lye Road reduced. There was a fatal accident there a couple of years ago, and readers of previous entries of this blog will recall that a year ago, a speed study was commissioned and that it recommended a reduction to 40mph.

The traffic order for this has now been published and is now out to consultation. The image below shows the proposals.

If you wish to object to, or make any other representations relating to the proposed Order (including any representations in support), you must send the grounds of your objection or representations, in writing, to the undersigned, at Traffic Regulation Orders Team, Surrey County Council, Hazel House, Merrow Lane, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7BQ, by 13 September 2019.

I think this is a good idea and support it.

Cheers.

Kevin

Brilliant Botany!

The Thames Basin Heathlands Partnership is running a session on Sheet’s Heath on 28th July, 10:00 – 12:00. This session is a walk round the heath learning about the plants and how to identify them.

It’s a free event and further details may be read here.

I intend on being there as the WBC representative on the Heathlands Partnership.

Cheers.

Kevin

40mph Speed Limit – Brookwood Lye Road

I can confirm that this was supported at the SCC / WBC Joint Committee last night. The route from here will be for a notice to be published and then after a statutory period, the limit will be changed, the signs changed and the new limit enforceable.

Cheers.

Kevin