Fabian Todorovic: Show me your road space distribution, and I will tell you what kind of society you are

Sustainable Transport in Winkfield Parish

Unlike Fabian's packed bus, most buses passing through Winkfield are not packed with passengers. Sadly this has lead to reduced bus services in North Ascot.

Unlike Fabian's squashed cyclist, in 2018 there have been some real improvements in off-road safe commutable cycleways for cyclists travelling west from Ascot to Bracknell and Wokingham. Sadly there are no safe commutable cycleways for cyclists travelling east from Ascot to Windsor.

Fabian's artwork does portray the predominance of private motor vehicles and the tendency for Winkfield commuters to travel alone in a car. This is not sustainable because of the expected increase in traffic due to proposed large housing developments.

The two Borough Local Plans that will most affect the quality of life for North Ascot Residents are Bracknell Forest Borough Local Plan and The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Local Plan. These Local Plans are at different stages of submission and consultation. If the proposed large housing developments go ahead, they could lead to 2000 extra cars on Forest Road, Windsor Road and London Road. If the private motorcar is the future mode of transport for the expanding populations in the above-listed housing developments, then the choking road infrastructure is doomed.

Developers can contribute to road, cycleway and transport infrastructure improvements through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). The CIL is a charge on new development payable by developers to Bracknell Forest Council. It is used to address demands of growth, including funding infrastructure such as new schools and transport improvements, needed to support new development in the borough. The prioritisation and choice of transport improvements are key to the future quality of life for North Ascot Residents.