Schedule of work
- Spring 2019: Detailed design complete
- Winter 2018 / 2019: Site preparation and utilities re-routing
- Summer 2019: Construction begins
- Autumn 2020: Open for traffic
Watch the fly-through video
Watch the video, below, showing the route currently being constructed as part of the Arborfield Cross Relief Road and works at Barkham Bridge. This is being delivered by us as part of our £124 million Major Highways Project.
Current project status
Construction work has now begun on Arborfield Cross Relief Road (ACCR). This major new highway is due to open in Autumn 2020.
Installation of a new green bridge over the ACRR also began in February 2020. The tree-lined green bridge, which will allow a safe crossing for pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and wildlife, has been designed to blend into the landscape. It will follow the route of the existing public right of way, linking Arborfield Court Woodland and Spring Copse, which lie on either side of the new relief road and includes hedgerow planting, trees and grassland to encourage wildlife to use the green bridge to navigate over the ACRR.
Watch the Green Bridge video
Watch the video below showing the installation of the new wildlife friendly green bridge in Arborfield.
Why we're building an Arborfield relief road
A sustainable new village with about 3,500 new homes is being built on the former Arborfield Garrisonsite. Shinfield Parish is also seeing significant development, with about 3,000 new homes being built in extensions to Shinfield Village, Three Mile Cross and Spencers Wood. The relief road is intended to minimise the impact of traffic growth on the villages of Arborfield and Arborfield Cross and the surrounding rural lanes.
The new 2.3km relief road will reduce congestion, boost employment and create opportunities for more sustainable travel, providing traffic relief in Arborfield and Arborfield Cross and the surrounding rural lanes..
Check our Facebook and Twitter traffic and travel pages, as well as the Elgin Roadworks website to help plan your journeys in advance.
To find out more about the Arborfield Major Development see the:
Our Local Plan (Core Strategy), which set Arborfield Garrison and Shinfield Parish as major development sites, identified a possible relief road for Arborfield. A study considered four potential routes and made a technical recommendation that Option A be taken forward. We consulted on the options in 2013 and found there was a clear public preference for Option B.
The Council’s Executive approved the progression of Option B in March 2014 and a refinement study was undertaken. Following completion of the refinement work our Executive approved the refined Option B to be developed to a full planning application in March 2015.
Arborfield Cross Village Improvements Project
As part of the ACRR (Arborfield Cross Relief Road) project, we have an opportunity to improve the road network within Arborfield Cross and Arborfield Village. We are in the design stage and as part of the process of finding out what people want, a consultation was held from 1 April to 7 May 2019. The report is now available - read the Arborfield village improvements consultation report (PDF document).
The concept design proposals will now progress in consultation with the Arborfield Parish Council, residents and stakeholders. We expect the preliminary design will be ready for consultation later this year, then detail design complete in 2020/2021. Construction will take approximately 2 years.