Wokingham road works start on Monday
July 20, 2012
Motorist are preparing for heavy tailbacks around town as South East Water begins a nine-month project to update Wokingham’s water mains from Monday.
The £2 million scheme will see the water company carry out work on 7.1km of mains running throughout the heart of the town, including London Road, Rose Street, Broad Street and Station Road, to significantly reduce burst water mains.
From Monday, Station Road will be closed for six weeks, while temporary traffic lights and a one-way system will be used in London Road while work is carried out for 16 weeks.
South East Water held a drop-in session earlier this month to give people and businesses the opportunity to find out more about the project.
James Smith, South East Water delivery manager, said: “We hope that by informing as many people as possible about the work we can minimise disruption and I would like to thank all those who attended our drop-in session for their constructive comments.
“The majority of people understood why this important work is required and that we are working hard to limit the impact on daily life during the construction.”
Station Road will be closed between the Molly Millar pub and the junction of Shute End.
The diversion will take traffic along Barkham Road to Bearwood Road where the route then continues as far as Sainsbury’s supermarket in Winnersh before taking Reading Road back into Wokingham.
Wokingham railway station will remain open and access will be from the western end of Station Road via the mini roundabout. Vehicle access to Wellington Road will also be maintained.
Mr Smith said: “I would like to apologise for any disruption this work will cause, but hope residents, motorists and the local community understand the long term benefits this scheme will deliver.”
|ROAD||APPROX START DATE||PROPOSED DURATION||TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT|
|London Road||July 23||16 weeks||Temporary traffic lights/one-way system|
|Station Road||July 23||6 weeks||Road closure|
|Woosehill Meadows||August 27||2 weeks||None required|
|Ellison Way||August 28||7 weeks||Temporary traffic lights|
|Station Approach||September 1||6 weeks||Manual traffic management|
|London Road (Coppid Beech junction)||September 3||10 weeks||Temporary traffic lights|
|Oxford Road||September 3||8 weeks||Road closure|
|Caroline Drive||October 29||2 weeks||Road closure|
|Wiltshire Road||November 12||4 weeks||Road closure|
|Rose Street||November 12||10 weeks||Road closure|
|Arthur Road||November 12||1 week||Road closure|
|Brookside||December 3||6 weeks||Road closure|
|Brookside to Reading Road||January 28, 2013||7 weeks||TBC|
|Broad Street||February 11, 2013||5 weeks||Road closure/one-way system|
|Shute End||March 18, 2013||6 weeks||Road closure|
|Norreys Avenue||TBC||TBC||Temporary traffic lights|
|Toutley Road||October 1, 2012||January 31, 2013||TBC|
For more information visit www.southeastwater.co.uk/wokingham