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South Wokingham Distributor Road

South Wokingham Distributor Road

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South Wokingham Distributor Road overview map
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Why we're building the South Wokingham Distributor Road

We are committed to the development of 2,500 new homes in the South Wokingham major development (technically called the South Wokingham Strategic Development Location). The aim of the planned South Wokingham Distributor Road is to create access for these new homes and minimise the impact of the increase  in traffic on nearby residential roads.

Background

Our Local Plan (Core Strategy), which earmarks South Wokingham as a major development site, identified a possible relief road for South Wokingham. We considered 3 potential routes and made a technical recommendation that Option B - the central alignment - be taken forward. We consulted on the 3 route options in early 2014 and found there was a clear public preference  (81 percent) for Option B.

In November 2014, our Executive gave approval for Option B to be taken forward, subject to minor route refinements. 

In March 2015, our Executive approved plans for the Eastern Gateway section to be progressed, in advance of the rest of the distributor road. 

The distributor road is to be delivered in sections, as identified in the map at the top of this page.

Current status

Montague Park - The developer led section of South Wokingham Distributor Road (SWDR), called William Heelas Way in Montague Park, was completed in Summer 2015 by David Wilson Homes as part of Montage Park housing development

Eastern Gateway - The planning application for the Eastern Gateway, the section of the SWDR which will join  William Heelas Way with Waterloo Road, was approved in February 2018 and construction is due to start in Spring 2019

Spine Road (Central Gateway) and Western Gateway - From the Eastern Gateway section the SWDR will run west across Easthampstead Road to Finchampstead Road - connecting at the existing Tesco roundabout 

These are the central and western sections of the South Wokingham Distributor Road (SWDR), referred to as the Spine Road and Western Gateway, which are currently under preliminary design.

The next phase for delivery is the Spine Road which will run from the new roundabout, at Waterloo Road at the end of the Eastern Gateway section, through to the  existing Tesco Roundabout with the Western Gateway section then running between the existing Tesco roundabout and junction of Finchampstead Road and Molly Millars Lane.

The 2010 Wokingham Borough Council Local Plan (Core Strategy) identified a number of major development locations across the Borough. A number of strategic transport improvements were highlighted in the Local Plan (Core Strategy). Policy CP21 and Appendix 7 specifically identified a relief road for South Wokingham.

We examined the potential route options of a link road to manage the impact of the increase in traffic due to the new houses in South Wokingham. We considered 3 possible routes - northern, central and southern - and recommended the central route.

From June to August 2014, we consulted on route options for the South Wokingham Distributor Road. We got about 304 responses. There was a clear public preference for Option B – the central route. 


On 27 November 2014, our Executive gave approval for Option B to be taken forward, including investigation of 2 minor route deviations: (a) south of Knoll Farm and (b) west of Easthampstead Road. 

Refinement work has been undertaken to further understand the delivery implications of the preferred route. This involved undertaking surveys works and developing an outline highway alignment. The alignment was developed to minimise land take, maximise developable areas, and to take account of the need for flood mitigation.  

On 26 March 2015, our Executive gave approval for the Eastern Gateway scheme to be developed in advance of the rest of the distributor road. The works include a rail overbridge at Montague Park. 

 

The advancing of the Eastern Gateway section would

  • Enable the closure of the Waterloo Road Level Crossing which would provide significant improvements to both road and rail safety for all users  
  • Assist in unlocking some development areas
  • Assist in alleviating some road traffic cutting through residential roads to the north of the railway

Details of the planning application progress are available under the 'Planning application' tab below. 

 

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Updates about the South Wokingham Distributor Road

For a more detailed update about:

  • Spine Road
  • Eastern Gateway
  • Western Gateway

Sign up to our contractor Balfour Beatty’s individual project update newsletters by emailing them at SWDR@balfourbeatty.com.

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