I am taking up the matter of so many roadworks all at the same time which constituents are understandably raising with me.
At last count Davis Street (Winnersh), Finchampstead Road, and Loddon Bridge Road are all closed. This means the B3030, the A 321 and the main Woodley spine road are all blocked, making north-south travel very difficult. In addition Waterloo Road, Lower Wokingham Road and Barkham Road have had or still have roadworks impeding flows one way.
I understand that the Council does not control the utilities if they need to do urgent work. However, surely it is possible to reach agreement about staggering works so more routes in a given direction stay open at any given time. It would also be good to see some new thinking, to get new utility pipes and wires put in concrete boxes under pavements, allowing easier access without digging trenches each time we need repairs. It does seem crazy that we are still laying things down the middle of busy roads and tarmacing over them.