Consultation begins today (February 1) to gauge public opinion on proposed improvements to the road network around Wokingham railway station and Barkham Road level crossing.
Wokingham Borough Council is working together with Network Rail and South West Trains to bring major improvements to Wokingham railway station. A key part of these proposals is a link road between the station forecourt and the A329 Reading Road.
Launched by Wokingham Borough Council, the consultation will run until April 6. The plans will be going on public display from March 1 to 3 in Unit 38 on Market Place, Wokingham (opposite the town hall) from 12pm to 8pm on Thursday March 1, 10am to 6pm on Friday March 2 and 10am to 4pm on Saturday March 3. Details of the proposals, including an information leaflet and online feedback form can now be found on the website.
Cllr Keith Baker, executive member for transport, said: "In the next couple of weeks, we will be sending a letter and information leaflet to over 2,300 local residents, businesses and key stakeholders. This doesn’t mean to say that other interested parties cannot let us know their views on the road improvement proposals around Wokingham railway station – it’s vital they do. There will be drop-in exhibitions during March and this will be a good opportunity for interested people to meet the project team and find out more about the proposals. I hope many people will take the opportunity to get involved in this very important consultation.
"The station link road is a critical part of the road network needed to regenerate the town. The link road is an opportunity to improve the road junctions in the immediate vicinity of the rail station but also improve facilities for those arriving at the station on foot, by bicycle and by bus. It is important that the road network is still able to function efficiently and the link road would make significant improvements to combat congestion in Wokingham, especially at the level crossing."
Views gathered during the consultation period will input into the final design of the station link road. It is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted in July 2012.