UK govt to invest £24m in new road in Wokingham

WCN Editorial Team 5 Aug 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The UK government has agreed to invest £24m in constructing a new relief road in Wokingham to reduce congestion, increase employment and create opportunities for greener forms of travel.

Transport Minister Baroness Vere announced funding for a new 2.3km Arborfield Cross Relief Road (ACRR).

Expected to divert traffic and open up land for new housing, the new road will link the A327 Reading Road to the A327 Eversley Road and provide traffic relief to the village and the local community. Rush hour traffic through Arborfield Cross could increase to 3,200 vehicles per hour by 2026.

The scheme is intended to divert traffic away from busier routes to ensure that the Arborfield and Arborfield Cross villages and the surrounding rural lanes are not affected by traffic. The road is due for opening next summer.

The ACRR project is part of the Major Highways Programme which will help the growth within the borough of Wokingham.

She said that the new project would also benefit cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders, as a shared-use pathway will be created alongside the route, encouraging travellers to opt for greener modes of transport.

Vere said: “Roads are part of the fabric of everyday life – stimulating local economies and helping bring communities together.

“This vital £24 million scheme will provide a new route for cyclists, drivers and pedestrians, helping reduce traffic through local routes and making towns a nicer place to live.”

The investment is part of a series of investments by the Department for Transport (DfT), which is spending more than £6.6bn between 2015 and 2021 to improve local roads.

Wokingham Borough Council leader John Halsall said: “This is exceptional news for the borough, reducing congestion is a principal objective for us at Wokingham and we welcome this funding to assist in the delivery of the identified infrastructure.”

The plans are also set to unlock housing developments and drive economic growth, allowing 3,500 homes to be built at Arborfield Garrison.

The new route will also benefit cyclists in Wokingham, as they will have greater access to the areas around Berkshire through the construction of a pathway along the eastern side of the carriageway.

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Image: UK govt announces £24m investment in new road in Wokingham. Photo: Courtesy of Wokingham Borough Council.

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