South Wokingham Distributor Road overview map (click on Zoom to view full size)
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.
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.
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.