South Wokingham Distributor Road overview map (click on Zoom to view full size)
Why we're building a 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.
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The Wokingham Borough Council Local Plan (Core Strategy), which earmarks South Wokingham as a major development site, identified a possible relief road for South Wokingham. We considered three potential routes and made a technical recommendation that Option B - the central alignment - be taken forward. We consulted on the three 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 project status
- Section 1: Montague Park - William Heelas Way - The Montague Park section, called William Heelas Way, is currently under construction as part of the Montague Park housing development
- Section 2: Eastern Gateway - This is the second phase of the distributor road. A planning application was approved in February 2018 and detailed design can now begin. Construction is due to start in early 2019 with phase 2 due to be completed in autumn 2020.
- Section 3: Spine Road and Grays Farm Link - Route refinement work is on-going and planning application support work has now commence.
- Section 4: Western Gateway - Route refinement work is on-going and planning application support work has now commenced