Laybys on the A30 near Windsor Great Park

Sunday, 12 April 2020 15:49

From the evening  of (Wednesday 8/4/2020) laybys, on the A30 near Windsor Great Park will be blocked off to prevent people driving to the park during the Bank Holiday weekend.

Windsor Great Park including the area around Virginia Water lake will remain open for exercise over the Bank Holiday weekend, but this will be solely for those who can safely walk or cycle there from their own home. The Savill Garden remains closed until further notice. All Great Park car parks and cafes are closed and the A30 laybys will be coned off and patrolled.

This follows government advice that people should only go outside for food, health reasons or work. People should avoid gatherings of more than two, unless they are from the same household and not go out to meet others, even friends or family.

People who need to exercise in a park should use smaller parks near where they live, and where they can follow social distancing rules to protect themselves, their families and friends.

The laybys which will be closed are:

One to the south of the Wentworth crossroads on the right-hand side, before the entrance to Fort Belvedere.

One between Wentworth crossroads and Christchurch Road junction

Three between the Shell station and the American school.

Wick Road, one between the WGP carpark and Bailiwick pub.

The move is a joint decision between Runnymede Borough Council, The Crown Estate which is responsible for Windsor Great Park, Surrey County Council and Runnymede Police.

Nicholas Day, Head of Engagement at The Crown Estate said: "Our priority is to keep everybody safe, whilst also trying to keep  the Great Park available if at all possible for local residents who can safely walk or cycle here, whilst making it very clear that driving to get here is not acceptable."