Updated June and November 2003
The Thick Red
by strange red line
running from Windsor to Maidenhead
In May 2003, we brought you the strange
story of the
thick red line. Reference to the Highway
Code lists no such line, apart of course from the Red Routes
to be found in London and perhaps elsewhere. But these are not
Red Route lines, these are, apparently, warnings to motorists,
or perhaps to pedestrians, that the pavement is also used by
cyclists. Not that the meaning is very clear. In fact there are
no signs of any sort anywhere to inform pedestrians, or motorists,
or cyclists why the red line is there.
In our picture above you can see that the colour
of the red line is variable too. They obviously could not make
up their mind.
Perhaps on someone's desk in Maidenhead there is
a memo asking for a supplier of red grass to be found, because
where there is grass, there is no line!
Here at Sutherland Grange on the Maidenhead
Road the red line suddenly stops as the grass gets in its way!
At other points, for example by the Jet Petrol Station, mud thrown
up by passing traffic has totally obliterated the line.
Both local papers (Windsor Express, May 15th and
Windsor Observer, May 16th) have reported that residents are
'furious' and 'seeing red'. The line is very obtrusive and a
council spokesman claimed that it helped motorists be more aware
of cyclists. We doubt it. When I was a boy I was told not to
cycle on the pavement.
The line originally cost £2000 to paint. Now
it is to be repainted at additional cost. We are pleased that
every single other problem in the Borough has now been so perfectly
solved that surplus cash remains in the budget for not only one
bright red line, but a second stab at getting a colour that calms
down the furious residents. I doubt that there is a colour on
this planet that will have that effect! The entire idea is foolish
in the extreme, a stunning waste of money and engenders despair
at the nuttiness of the borough council officers. But that comes
as no surprise, does it?
How is that anti-graffiti
campaign getting on, WMBC?
Lib Dems to remove the
In early June the new Lib Dem controlled
council announced that the red line was to go... and the pavement,
for its entire length from Windsor to Maidenhead, was to be resurfaced.
Good. But why incur the costs in the first place?
...but not yet
The Weekend Express, a free Windsor paper,
in their edition dated 20th June 2003, reported that the plan
to remove the thick red line which so angered local residents
has yet to be implemented. Several reasons have been given by
the Borough including improving signposting and removing over-hanging
shrubbery, to which must be added quotations from contractors.
Consultation with local home owners to whom the overhanging shrubs
belong, must also be consulted. We trust that this will not be
long delayed as the pointless red line seems to be getting thicker
and more irritating by the day!
Finally removed in November
In their issue dated 30th October 2003
The Windsor Express reports that the 'Red Line' is now being
removed. A pneumatic drill is being used to dig up the area painted
red and the pathway then resurfaced.
Strangely, it has been claimed that the pathway required
resurfacing anyway, and so the line removal could be removed
at the same time and at minimal expense. If this is the case,
then why are those stretches of pathway that had not been painted
red being left without a new surface dressing??? The truth of
the matter is that the council are paying for the line to be
removed and not for the resurfacing the entire pathway.
We still have not been told
who was responsible for this extreme waste of public money. I
think we should be told!
A red line appeared on Albert Bridge after
its refurbishment in 2004. See story of Albert Bridge refurbishment.
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