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The Greenways Project

The greenways project, which is part of a wider investment in green infrastructure across the borough, will create a network of generally traffic free multi-user routes connecting the new major developments to each other and to the existing communities and places of interest and employment across the borough.

These improvements are funded primarily by developers’ contributions as part of the four major new developments at Arborfield Garrison, Shinfield Parish and North and South Wokingham. They will add to the borough’s existing network of footpaths to create a sustainable alternative way to get around the borough.

Where possible the greenways will have a hard, permeable surface which is accessible in all weathers and for people with mobility impairments and to those in wheelchairs. It will ensure a good surface for cycling and for other leisure and fitness pursuits such as skateboarding and rollerblading. Where possible, provision for equestrian use will be included.

Please note: All plans on this page are indicative only and routes may be subject to change during the design stages.

Latest News

Work has been completed on the first section of Route B through Cantley Park (May 2021) and it is now being enjoyed by our residents and park users. 

We have recently consulted on a new greenway route through Woosehill Meadows from Reading Road to Heron road as part of the larger Greenways Route B. Thank you to everyone who sent us your thoughts and comments. We are now reviewing all comments and working on the final decisions on the route and detailed design.

The Proposed Greenway Routes

There are eight separate greenways planned as part of the council’s strategic greenway network. These are: 

  • Route A - Shinfield Parish to Arborfield to Barkham
  • Route B - Cantley Park, Wokingham to Arborfield Cross (in progress)
  • Route D - Arborfield to Barkham to South Wokingham to Wokingham  
  • Route E - River Loddon to Arborfield  
  • Route F - Arborfield Village to Arborfield Green 
  • Route I - Arborfield to Finchampstead, including California Way through California County Park (complete)
  • Route J - Arborfield to the Blackwater Valley Path
  • Route K - Arborfield Cross

The greenways project also includes the River Loddon Long Distance Path (LDP) that links the Thames Valley Path in the north of the borough in Wargrave to the Blackwater Valley Path in the south of the borough in Swallowfield.

Take a look at the routes on the map below:

Read more about each of the routes in the tabs below.

The Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2020 – 2030 contains key actions to develop and implement the greenways network and the Loddon Long Distance Path (Statement of Action 2.1(a) and (b)). This includes the Wokingham Greenways Strategy and Implementation Plan which details the routes to be constructed.

You can read the full document below:

The greenways project is made up of nine new routes (including the River Loddon Long Distance Path) which are currently planned to be delivered in the order below:

  • Route I - California Way (now complete)
  • Route B - Cantley Park, Wokingham to Arborfield Cross 
  • Route A - Shinfield Parish to Arborfield to Barkham
  • Route D - Arborfield to Barkham to South Wokingham to Wokingham  
  • Route F - Arborfield Village to Arborfield Green
  • Route J - Arborfield to the Blackwater Valley Path
  • Route E - River Loddon to Arborfield  
  • Route K - Arborfield Cross

The Loddon Long Distance Path project is being taken forward concurrently with the greenways projects.

California Way connects the new development in Arborfield with the Finchampstead Baptist Centre via California Country Park.

The route was constructed in 2017 with final elements including a new bridle bridge completed in 2020. Further linking paths have been added to this route in 2021 to provide easier access to the greenway from the neighbouring residential areas. 

Greenways Route B will connect Cantley Park to Arborfield Cross via Woosehill. A public consultation on Route B was undertaken in March to May 2019 to consider the concept of the whole route. Secondary public consultations for separate sections of the route are also being undertaken once the designs have been further developed.

Take a look at the consultation document below:

The route has now been split into four sections. Take a look at the map of the full route below:

 

Section 1 – Cantley Park to Woosehill via Matthewsgreen

In Summer 2020 we consulted on an amended route for this section of the greenway through Cantley Park and Matthewsgreen. Take a look at the consultation documents below:

Construction at Cantley Park commenced in February 2021 and was completed in May 2021. Take a look at the photos of construction at Cantley Park below:


A statutory consultation is currently underway for the bridleway creation along the Jubilee Avenue section of the route. The outcome of this consultation will determine the schedule for works going forward. If the creation order is confirmed it is expected to take 40 days to complete construction and the tender will not be issued until the creation order process has been completed. The detailed design is also being developed prior to issuing the tender for the works. Take a look at the documents on our public rights of way modification orders page

The design for a zebra crossing at Milton Road is also being developed and this will be installed at the same time as the Jubilee Avenue section.

Take a look at this section of the route below:


Section 2.1 – Woosehill Meadows from Reading Road to Heron Road

A public consultation was undertaken in March to April 2021 for the Woosehill Meadows section of the route. Take a look at the consultation document below:

 

Thank you to everyone who took part in this consultation. All comments received are now being reviewed and a consultation report outlining the council's response will be developed and published shortly.

Works on this section are being planned to work in concert with the South East Rivers Trust planned works on the paleochannel in Woosehill Meadows. It is estimated that construction on the bridge foundations would start in April 2022 and be completed by May 2022. The bridge can be constructed in May 2022 and the path itself can be constructed between April and August 2022.

You can see more detail of the route in the design drawings below:


Section 2.2 – Heron Road to Bearwood Road via Foxhill

Negotiations and discussions are still underway with landowners regarding this section, as we are seeking opportunities for an alternate route in this area. Whilst negotiations are underway it is not possible to develop a detailed plan for construction but it is expected that this can begin in 2022.

Take a look at the route below:

Section 3 – Coombes Lane and Coles Lane

An initial design has been developed for a partial closure of this lane to facilitate the greenway. Consultation with adjacent landowners raised concerns about the private access to land adjacent to the lane and issues with the proposed closure. This has led to an adjustment of the design which will not require a closure of the route for vehicles. 

This will be kept under review to ensure that the route remains suitable and safe for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The route is currently being redesigned to cater for occasional vehicle traffic and agricultural traffic that use the lane.

The bridge at the Coles Lane ford will also be improved to facilitate an accessible crossing point for mobility restricted users.

It is estimated that construction on the bridge foundations will start in August 2022 and be completed by September 2022. The bridge can be constructed in October 2022 and the path itself can be constructed between April and August 2022.

Take a look at the route below:

 

The remaining greenways routes will be consulted on and implemented over the next ten years. We will share more information as we progress onto these projects.

Take a look at the routes below:

The Loddon Long Distance Path aims to connect the Thames Path at Wargrave to the Blackwater Valley Path at Swallowfield, forming a 19km route from the north to the south of Borough.

The Loddon Long Distance Path will also link between many of the greenway routes, particularly the greenways connecting to the new developments at Arborfield Green and Shinfield Parish, therefore providing a network of traffic free paths. Combining both the projects will ensure that it follows the similar design standards and provision.

Initial stakeholder consultations are underway for the project to inform the feasibility designs.

Take a look at the route below:

The Wokingham Greenways Project will confirm to the British Standards and Industry Quality standards for the Highway Design and Specifications. It will also refer to Sustrans handbook for cycle friendly design (April 2014). The Greenways network will generally comprise a 3m wide path. The greenways will have a hard, permeable surface so that they are accessible in all weathers for commuting journeys to work and journeys to school, and to provide new leisure opportunities to get out into the countryside.

Our approach to Greenways has been to install a high quality, fully permeable surface material where possible. This is made from 50 percent recycled rubber material, combined with stone. This creates a very good surface for walking, cycling and, where appropriate, horse riding.

The construction is a base of 150mm type 3 material, topped with a minimum 35mm of permeable surfacing. In some places this has wooden or concrete edging, but in other places no edging is required.

The material can be laid using a ‘no dig’ construction technique to avoid causing issues for tree roots. This allows the surfacing to be installed through wooded areas without having an adverse effect on existing trees.

Get In Touch

If you have any questions or comments about our greenways projects, please get in touch by emailing greenways@wokingham.gov.uk

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