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Eastern Gateway

Eastern Gateway

Programme timeline

  1. November 2018: Traffic Orders confirmed
  2. Early 2019: Site preparation and utilities re-routing
  3. Summer 2019: Complete detailed design and discharge planning conditions
  4. Late Autumn 2019: Construction begins (land in Montague Park north of railway line)
  5. Winter 2021: Whole scheme open for traffic


Current project status

Planning permission for this scheme was granted in April 2018 and work on the detailed design continues. Work on the northern approach to the new bridge in Montague Park began late 2019.

Enabling works including hedge clearance required for site access and set-up of the site compound began in Spring 2019.  Full details of the intended works, landscape management plan and other mitigation are set out in the documents submitted as part of the planning discharge for the scheme and can be found under the reference 182237 via the planning portal.

Planning application

Work on a planning application for the South Wokingham Distributor Road (SWDR) Eastern Gateway section commenced in early 2016. We submitted the planning application in Autumn 2017 which was approved in February 2018.

Significant survey work has been undertaken including ecology, ground conditions, and archaeology and tree surveys to inform the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Transport modelling has also been undertaken to inform the Transport Impact Assessment (TIA) for the Scheme. We have also spent time engaging with the landowners and other stakeholders. 

We held pre-planning exhibitions to update the public on the development in June 2017.

Further information can be found in the South Wokingham Distributor Road Exhibition Boards (PDF document) and the South Wokingham Distributor Road Frequently Asked Questions (PDF document).

Design and construction 

Detailed design on the scheme is well underway, incorporating any planning conditions and working closely with Network Rail on the design and construction of the new rail bridge.

Construction of the approaches to the new bridge north of the railway line in Montague Park began late in 2019 with the new scheme being complete and opening in Winter 2021.

To stay up to speed with all our Major Highways projects you can sign up to our Major New Roads Newsletter which offers you a summary of all the latest progress that we have made from planning applications to construction.

For more a detailed update about the Eastern Gateway section of the South Wokingham Distributor Road, sign up to our contractor Balfour Beatty’s individual project newsletters by emailing them at SWDR@balfourbeatty.com.

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