Why are we building a cycleway along the A329?
Extensive work has been carried out by Wokingham Borough Council on the A329 to encourage residents to use more sustainable ways of getting around. The aim is not only to save residents money and improve their health, but also to help reduce congestion and improve air quality. With phases 1, 2 and 3 now complete (see below for details) the number of residents cycling around the borough has significantly increased and we expect that with work about to start on the next the number of residents commuting via car will decrease further.
Work on the A329 started in 2012 and was originally funded by a Department for Transport grant to promote sustainable transport throughout the borough.
Further funding was secured from the Thames Valley Local Economic Partnership (LEP) through the Local Growth Fund. As a result of this funding we have been able to extend the cycleway and allow the work within Wokingham Borough to compliment similar projects in Reading, Bracknell and West Berkshire. Once all these schemes are finished they will form a new National Cycle Route (NCN422). The new cycle route will link Newbury, Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell and Ascot and will ensure cyclists have a safer route to travel when commuting to school and work.
Current project status
From 2014 to 2016 we completed phases 1, 2 and 3, which involved creating a cycleway between the Three Tuns and just beyond Winnersh Crossroads. This part of the carriageway has been reorganised to make better use of the space available. By removing the unused space in-between the 2 lanes, we have been able to provide on carriageway cycle lanes.
As part of the process, we have also widened and resurfaced the footways to allow us to convert them into dual purpose footways/cycleways that are now wide enough to be safely shared by pedestrians and less confident cyclists.
Pedestrian islands that had previously caused issues with the flow of traffic have been replaced with pedestrian crossings. A number of traffic signals were also updated and several bus stops were improved with new shelters.
Phase 4 of the project between Ferndale Crescent and Station Approach was completed in the last few weeks and involved major work on the kerbs and re-aligning the carriageway. Resurfacing work is due to begin in February 2018. Our team are now focused on plans for phases 5 and 6 that are currently in the works. Since the project began, over 5km of the A329 has been resurfaced.
Work to deliver the eastern arm of the cycle way along the A329 London Road will start in the summer of 2018. This will involve improvements to the carriageway, relocation of pedestrian crossing points and improvement to bus waiting areas. Phase 5 will link the eastern side of Wokingham to Bracknell via London Road and is due to be completed in 2019.
Recently work to close the gap in the shared footway/cycleway between Wokingham and Bracknell north of Coppid Beach Roundabout has been completed - welcome news, as this has previously been considered a barrier for cyclists and pedestrians travelling between the 2 authorities.
Phase 6 is back in Winnersh to complete our works between Woodward Close and Woodland Avenues, once the other highway works on the junction of Winnersh Relief Road, Northern Distributer Road and Old Forest Road is complete.
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For more background information visit our major road projects document library.