Plans have been announced to finally stop oversized vehicles from crossing Marlow bridge.
A road tunnel will be constructed, running from the Causeway to near the Compleat Angler. This reverses the current strategy for ever larger, and ever closer bollards, and road users will be happy to hear there will be no need for bollards of any size in the new tunnel.
The bridge and surrounding area will be closed to traffic, allowing for a proposed “food court” of restaurants and cafes – as the official artist’s impression shows.
The significant cost of the project will be recovered by charging tolls to use the tunnel, for at least the next 10 years, according to the detailed plans we have had sight of.
The Council member responsible for transport, Cllr Robert Girteka told us “We really think this will help put Marlow on the map, branding it as the ‘Gateway to the M4’, and make it much more friendly towards larger vehicles”
He added “According to Wikipedia, the Channel Tunnel is 37.9km long, took 6 years to build and cost £16 billion in today’s money. Our assistant accountant used Microsoft Excel to estimate figures for the Marlow Tunnel – and although the cost could be up to £84m, it should only take just over 11 days to complete. Amazing when you think about it!” It does seem incredible, but the sums do work – see below extract from the official case study.
Cllr Girteka added “There should be minimal disruption during this period – well, a lot of disruption obviously, but only for 11 days – so not too bad , if you see what I mean. And let’s face it, everyone will finally stop moaning about the bloody bollards. Actually don’t print that last bit please.”