Agency says roads will cope with mini-towns trafficBy Caroline Cook
December 02, 2011
Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians have been reassured about the reliability of traffic models designed to cope with the development of four mini-towns.
Councillor Angus Ross, executive member for strategic highways and development, assured members of Wokingham Borough Council at a meeting on Thursday, November 17, that traffic models to manage the proposed housing have been developed appropriately.
He said: “We continue to discuss the transport modelling with the Highways Agency to ensure the model is the best it can be.
“Overall the Highways Agency is satisfied that our traffic model has been developed appropriately.
“That is to say the model is following national models and processes.”
Cllr Ross was speaking in response to a question by leader of the Wokingham Liberal Democrats Cllr Prue Bray, who asked how confident the council was that traffic and infrastructure issues had been thought through and dealt with.
Cllr Bray said that the Highways Agency had raised concerns about the limited traffic modelling undertaken by the council as part of its master plans for four mini-towns in the borough.
During the meeting at the council’s civic offices in Shute End Cllr Ross also said there was still more work to be done to ensure there was no traffic detriment at all from the mini-towns.
The council must set aside land in the borough for more than 13,000 homes to be built before 2026.