Go-ahead for one-way Station RoadBy Victoria Smith
January 27, 2012
Blueprints for a £5 million link road aimed at reducing the traffic bottleneck around Wokingham railway station have been approved, including plans to make Station Road one-way.
Wokingham Borough Council’s executive committee last night agreed in principle to the designs for the road, which will link Reading Road with Station Road.
The council is working with Network Rail and South West Trains on the project, which includes rebuilding the station.
Key changes to the road layout include:
- Station Road to become one-way, from Shute End and Reading Road towards the station. The road will have two lanes, with the left-hand lane for Wellington Road and the right lane for Barkham Road.
- New link road connecting Reading Road at numbers 48 and 50 to Station Road at the existing entrance to the station car park.
Drivers will be able to use the link road to reach the station car park from Reading Road, but not Station Road, as the road is part one-way.
Drivers will be able to move along the link road from Station Road to Reading Road.
- Alderman Willey Close to become a one-way through road linking Station Road to the new link road.
- Drivers emerging from Oxford Road into Barkham Road near the level crossing will only be allowed to turn right.
The plans also include a bus interchange at the train station and improved pedestrian and cycling facilities.
Numbers 48 and 50 Reading Road would need to be demolished to accommodate a section of the link road to be two-way, allowing access to the station car parks as well as improving bus access.
The properties are owned by the council and used to support adults with mental health issues and other difficulties.
Councillor Keith Baker, executive member for transport, said: “The station link road is a critical part of the road network needed to regenerate the town.”
The council plans to spend £5 million on the road and contribute £1.5 million to the new train station.
Following the meeting a consultation on the plans is expected to take place from March to April.
The council has planned a number of drop-in sessions, with dates to be announced, to take place in the town centre to give local people a chance to view designs for the new road layout and talk to highways officers.
A planning application for the scheme is expected to be submitted in July.