Current project status
Main works on the scheme are completed, with the road opening to the public in November 2020. Planting and landscaping works are still ongoing, along with remedial works for the swales (drainage channels). The final road safety audit (RSA4) was undertaken in February 2022.
Confirmation of the Observer Way Traffic Orders can be seen below. These Orders grant the council permission to make alterations to roads or other highways affected by a major road scheme - in this case, the realignment of Swallowfield Road and building of the new staggered junction with Observer Way.
More detailed progress on site can be seen on the regular project newsletters at the bottom of this page.
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 Garrison site. 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.
An initial consultation was held 1 April to 7 May 2019 and the consultation report can be found below:
A preliminary design consultation was held 14 August to 14 September 2020 and the consultation report and appendices can be found below:
The detailed design is now being developed through a steering group supported by the parish council and further public consultation and information will be provided where appropriate. Construction is planned to be complete by winter 2022. We've also put together some Frequently Asked Questions (PDF document) about the Arborfield Village Improvements.