Last updated:

10th July 2024

Looking after our roads

Road maintenance works in Wokingham Borough

Over time, our roads can become damaged. We work with our contractors, Volker Highways to get them back to a good standard as soon as possible.

To carry out these improvements to the road network across the borough, there will be disruptions that we always aim to keep to a minimum. This may include temporary traffic lights or closures.
Where possible we try to avoid peak times where most people may be travelling to work or school. This may even involve our team working overnight if we think the works are particularly disruptive.

Where and when we are working this year

We appreciate your patience as the team work their way around the borough. As with any programme of this scale, schedules do sometimes need to be switched around

We have provided the Annual Road Maintenance Programme schedule below to show:

  • Which roads we will be working on
  • The type of treatment or resurfacing they will get 
  • An indication of when the works might take place

View our Annual Road Maintenance Programme (PDF, 282.46 KB). This schedule is updated regularly by our team to ensure the latest information is available to you.

    See live updates of planned works on the website.

    How to find out about roadworks that affect you

      Advance warning signs are put up to say that work will be taking place on the roads.

      We will also send a letter to residents and businesses on affected roads, which we aim to have with you two weeks before works are scheduled to start. The letter will include:

      • How you can access your property during works
      • If any road closures or diversions are needed  
      • What the expected start and finish dates are
      • What the site working hours will be
      • What type of work we will carry out
      • What will change or improve

      Other ways to stay up to date on where we are working

      If you receive a letter, but we don't arrive

      Sometimes we have delays to works due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. In these instances, a postponed sticker will be placed on the advanced warning signs on your street, letting you know about the delay and the change of date.

      Often, we can fit your road into the programme calendar within a few days, in which case you will see the date changed on the signs. When this is not possible, if we are able to fit it in within a couple of weeks, you’ll see a postponed sticker on the signs with a new date added when confirmed. 

      If we need to move your road to later in the programme, we will remove the signs and put it back up with the new date nearer the time. We will also regularly update the schedule on this page so you can find out when the works have been rescheduled to take place.

      How we resurface the roads 

      We use three types of treatment and resurfacing:

      Full resurfacing 

      Full resurfacing:

      • Is a more extensive treatment
      • Removes layers of a worn-out road surface
      • Replaces this with new material

      Surface dressing

      Surface dressing:

      • Adds protection to the carriageway surface
      • Seals it from water while also
      • Enhances its skid resistance

      This protection can extend the life of the carriageway surface by up to 10 years. 

      Asphalt Preservation

      Asphalt Preservation:

      • Is a cost-effective, preventative treatment
      • Adds protection to the carriageway surface

      A bituminous sealant is applied to the road surface, which seals cracks and prevents pothole formation. This protection can extend the life of the carriageway surface by up to 5 years.

      Loose material left on the road after resurfacing

      Loose material left on the road after resurfacing is normal. Our contractors roll the chippings in, but once the road is open, the moving traffic further embeds the chippings. We will come back to check up on the road and keep it tidy.

      Re-painting road markings

      We have to wait a while for the new surface to bed in before re-painting the road markings. Key markings will be replaced with signage until the road is ready for us to paint.

      We don’t just resurface and go, we check back in the weeks afterwards to:

      • Check out any snags or defects
      • Manage ironworks, manhole covers
      • Repaint road markings

      Access to your road during works

      Roads will be closed during the works, meaning that access will be delayed or prevented. Here are some answers to some commonly asked questions:

      • We don’t have space on our drive for all our cars, can we park on the road?

      You will not be able to park on the road whilst the work is happening, the letter will tell you when cars need to be off the road by. For cars that are left on the road, tow-away schemes are in place.

      • I have a doctors appointment/school pick up/need to get to work, will I be able to get my car out?

      It will only be possible to move cars when safe to do so, so you may be delayed or prevented from moving your car. We recommend parking your car elsewhere if you know you will need it whilst works are taking place.

      • Can I still receive deliveries?

      Delivery drivers will need to park outside of the work areas and walk to make deliveries. If items are heavy (such as a food delivery), our workers will help.

      • What about emergency vehicles?

      Emergency services have access to the roads 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In instances when the emergency vehicles need access, works will stop and they will be escorted through.

      • My waste and recycling is due to be collected when you are carrying out works

      We work with the waste and recycling teams to make sure that your collections can carry on as usual.

      • I have special circumstances that coincide with the works

      If you have special circumstances that coincide with the works, such as a house move, wedding, funeral or you have a medical condition which means you are unable to walk to a vehicle parked outside of the work zone, please contact us via the general highways enquiry form and we will try to help you.

      How we know which roads need repairs

      We are continually checking the condition of our roads using technical surveys, visual inspections, and technical assessments and analysis. We then use this information to make our ‘annual road maintenance campaign’.

      Sometimes, issues with the roads happen that we can’t plan for, but need to be fixed. This could be a pothole appearing, or damage due to an accident.  

      For planned work, we focus on getting the best long-term value for money. What this means is that we consider over a much longer term all the roads in the borough in relation to one another when deciding which ones to maintain or repair first. You can find out more about asset management in our Highways Maintenance Management Plan.

      Why we haven't done work in your area recently

      When we put together our maintenance plan, we spend money where it’s needed most, rather than being allocated on a regional or ward by ward basis which would not give you value for money. We don’t always see problems straight away. You can report it to us, and if you included your email address in your report you will receive an update.

      Report a road that needs resurfacing

      If you are concerned about the surface of a road that isn’t included in
      this year’s programme, you can report it to us.

      Noise and road works

      During daytime working hours, noisy works will be undertaken between 8am to 6pm. 

      Sometimes we carry out work at night, when noisy works will start at 8pm and will finish by midnight. After this time, works will still continue through the night, but this will be less noisy. 

      We must make sure our workers are safe, so as well as noise from the works, vehicle safety features such as reverse warning beeps and flashing lights will also be used as appropriate.

      Site supervisors will take noise readings throughout the night to make sure levels are within the required threshold. If you have concerns regarding the noise levels please speak to the site supervisor.

      Advice for motorists

      • Be safety aware, follow signs and instructions from site operatives.
      • Do not drive on newly laid surface until it has had time to dry.
      • Pay attention to advisory signs and do not park on the road when signs request you not to.
      • Keep to the temporary speed limits and avoid sharp turns to allow the surface to stabilise.
      • Check your shoes (and your pet’s paws) before entering your home or car. Bitumen stains can be removed with cleaner.
      • Accesses to businesses will be protected. Temporary floor covering is recommended in shops and offices.

      Funding for road maintenance works 

      • Additional funding of £418,000 received in December 2023 for financial year 2023/24 
      • £418,000 received in 2024/25 from the Department for Transport (DfT)

      The additional funding will be used to support and deliver maintenance to the Borough’s Road network, with a focus on important routes and locations which add benefit to our residents, businesses, and road users.

      Network North Roads Resurfacing Fund (PDF) 

      Contact us

      Issues causing immediate danger, such as temporary traffic lights not working or an unsafe site, should always be reported by phone to 0118 974 6000 (select the option for the roads and road maintenance service) Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

      Call 0800 212 111 if it is outside of our office hours. 

      If the issue is not dangerous, you can report an issue with a road and then track the progress of your report using the reference number provided.

      We are continually updating the information provided here on our website. If you have a question we haven't answered on this page, please contact us through our general highways enquiry form and we will get back to you.

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