I n response to the many worries about congestion as people try to get to work, to the shops and to take their children to school, the Council is planning a number of new roads and road improvements. They have sent me the following reminder of their major current plans:
“The Council is proposing to build 5 major roads across the Borough.
The North Wokingham Distributor Road
The South Wokingham Distributor Road
The Arborfield Relief Road
The Shinfield Eastern Relief Road
The Winnersh Relief Road
Funding for these roads is primarily coming from developer contributions as developments are brought forward on the strategic development locations. However there will be a short fall on some of the roads as the developers will only contribute to the minimum required scheme and not what has been approved following public consultations. In particular in Arborfield the developer would have argued that they could deliver the necessary mitigation with junction improvements in Arborfield Cross and would not have to deliver any form of relief road.
We bid for funding for the roads through the local growth fund, led by the LEP. We were successful in being allocated indicative funding of £24m from 2016/17 onwards. ”
The Council has completed its consultation on the route for the Arborfield by pass, and has altered its preferred route in line with local wishes. It will shortly announce the decisions on the routes for the Wokingham roads following consultation.