Revised Road Markings at the Traffic Island in Windmill Hill
Early in April LBH's Safer Roads replaced the broken white lines marking the hatched areas to the north and south of the island with solid ones. The new markings have been installed on an experimental basis following several complaints from (unidentified) residents and Council officers' observations of near misses with vehicles (proceeding from West & Old Hatch Manor) treating the island as a roundabout. Safer Roads say the proposal was supported by Ward Councillors. The solid road markings will be reviewed after six months and any comments received regarding them will be taken into consideration before a final decision is made whether to keep or remove them.
From personal observation vehicles travelling to and from Warrender School are still proceeding across the hatched areas, having, of course, first given way to any traffic coming up Windmill Hill.
Incidentally, Safer Roads has also drawn my attention to rule 130 of the 2007 Highway Code which effectively means that you should only enter the hatched area to overtake a parked vehicle. So, strictly speaking, the island has never been able to be used as a roundabout.
Published in Traffic and Parking on 08 May 2014. Updated on 11 September 2014