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.
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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.
Current project status
Construction work has now begun on ACRR (Arborfield Cross Relief Road.) This major new highway is due to open in Summer 2020.
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.
An observation point close to the site is planned to be established during the construction period where people will be able to see progress on the scheme, including construction and installation of the ‘Green Bridge’ which is one of the main features of the project. The tree-lined green bridge will allow pedestrians, cyclists and horses to cross over safely at its mid-section junction with Swallowfield Road and will also provide a safe passage for wildlife.
The main programme of construction works are being planned to keep disruption to a minimum on this sensitive part of the network with much of the construction taking place off the network. However, drivers may experience delays during specific points in the programme, including the tie-ins with the main network at Eversley Road and Bridge Farm.
Check our Facebook and Twitter traffic and travel pages, as well as the Elgin Roadworks website to help plan your journeys in advance.
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 in 2020, then detail design complete in 2020/2021. Construction will take approximately 2 years.