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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. Autumn 2020: Main construction begins on remainder of scheme
  6. Winter 2021/22: 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. Construction on the remainder of the scheme south of the railway line began Autumn 2020.

The first major milestone, installation of the bridge beams across the railway line, was completed at the start of May 2021. Further details of progress can be found in the project newsletters in the tab below. 

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 has been completed, 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 works on the remainder of the scheme south of the railway beginning in Autumn 2020. The new road is expected to be open in early 2022. 

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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.

Take a look at the newsletters below:

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