Denmark Street to reopen todayBy Laura Herbert
February 27, 2013
Traders have welcomed moves to reopen a town centre road after its closure forced shoppers to avoid the area.
Denmark Street is due to reopen today after the council learnt water main replacement work in Broad Street would finish three weeks early. The two-way section of Denmark Street was shut to help ease congestion while South East Water installed a 200m pipe in Broad Street as part of its £2 million project.
John Piasecki, owner of Hudson Bay in Denmark Street, said: “The quicker everybody realises the road is fully reopen the better and it might start tempting some of them to come back into the centre of Wokingham.
“There was no need to close that junction. The first two or three days of any roadworks are always chaos but people find a new route.”
He added: “The traffic hasn’t been bad since the first couple of days.
“The only thing we have found has kept the town going is Saturday trade, which has been good and strong.”
A Wokingham Borough Council spokesman said the road will reopen, but could not confirm a time.
Broad Street closed on Thursday, February 7, and was due to be shut for seven weeks.
James Smith, South East Water delivery manager, said: “We are extremely pleased our work in Broad Street is on track to complete early.
“We were lucky to find a clear route through all of the other utilities in the road and had a cracking gang on site who worked really hard to get this section done so quickly.”
The project will move into Shute End after work in Broad Street is completed on Monday.
Shute End will be closed for the duration of the work, which is expected to take four weeks.
Broad Street will re-open to one-way traffic allowing drivers to travel from Peach Street, along Broad Street and into Rectory Road.
To keep up to date with the project visit www.southeastwater.co.uk/wokingham or www.getwokingham.co.uk.