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Winnersh Relief Road Phase 2

Winnersh Relief Road Phase 2

Schedule of work       

  1. Early 2019: Preparation for the delivery of the scheme, archaeological and environmental studies
  2. Spring 2019: Site preparation 
  3. Autumn 2019: Detailed design and planning conditions completed
  4. Late Autumn 2019: Construction begins on King Street Lane
  5. Early 2020: Start utility diversion work
  6. Spring 2021: Open to traffic
        

Current project status

Work at King Street Lane was completed in December 2019. The next phase of construction began in August 2020. This includes two new roundabouts on Reading Road near the M4 bridge and construction of the new section of road parallel to the M4 from the junction with Longdon Road up to Reading Road.

Construction of this scheme is being aligned with the West of Old Forest Road and Toutley Road sections of the North Wokingham Distributor Road (NWDR) to make best use of resources and deliver efficiencies across all three projects and minimise delay and disruption to road users.

As part of its statutory duties, the council is proposing a Traffic Order in support of the Winnersh Relief Road Phase 2 scheme. 

Anyone wishing to respond or comment on the Order should do so directly to the Secretary of State for Transport. Please find further information in the documents below and on our consultation page.


Any responses must be received by Friday 18 December.

Please refer to the construction phase plans and project newsletters for further details of the works and planned phases.

Background

Planning approval for the Winnersh Relief Road Phase 2 was granted in October 2018. Full details are available on the Wokingham Borough Council Planning Portal. Ref:180760.

Public exhibitions that were held

We held the following public exhibitions to update the public on our proposal:

  • Wednesday 13 September 2017 (9am to 6pm) at Allnatt Pavilion
  • Saturday 16 September 2017 (1pm to 6pm) at the Winnersh Community Centre
  • Monday 18 September 2017 (6pm to 9pm) at the Allnatt Pavilion

Phase 2 feedback

The original planning application for Phase 2 was submitted in Spring 2018 but has since been updated as a result of valued feedback from local residents and business. We welcomed further formal comments on these improvements which included:

  • The proposed northern roundabout to be moved further away from properties 305-315 Reading Road
  • Amendments to the proposed pedestrian crossing points
  • Introducing a shared space outside 286-290 Reading Road
  • A right turn lane into Sadlers Lane and junctions of Sandstone Close and Laburnum Road
  • Alteration to the proposed positioning of pre signal and traffic island opposite Green Lane removing requirement for banned right turn

 

Residents were encouraged to view application documents and provide formal comments on the application by the 24 September. All further comments received prior to 24 September were considered by the council.

Future plans

We currently plan to begin construction in late 2019 with the relief road opening to traffic in summer 2021.

Detailed design work has now commenced, incorporating any planning conditions. This project forms part the Borough Council's Major Highways Project with Balfour Beatty. 

Construction

Enabling works for the road commenced in February 2019 with construction work programmed to start winter 2019/20 and the road opening to traffic in Spring 2021.

An upgrade to the King Street Lane junction with Reading Road was completed in late 2019 with the revised arrangements due to come on stream once the main works are complete around Spring 2021.

Delivery of this scheme, which is planned to be open for traffic in Spring 2021, is being aligned with West of Old Forest Road and Toutley Road. This will maximise the efficiency of delivery, avoid unnecessary duplication of resources and, where possible, minimise disruption to road users.


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.

Take a look at the newsletters:


For more detailed updates about the Winnersh Relief Road Phase 2 sign up to our contractor Balfour Beatty’s individual project update newsletters by emailing them at  WRR@balfourbeatty.com.

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