Plans submitted for new link roadBy Jon Nurse
July 26, 2012
Plans for the controversial Wokingham Station Link Road that would ease congestion in the town centre have been submitted.
The proposals include a new road linking Reading Road and Station Road, a transport interchange, new signal junctions and improved provision for pedestrians and cyclists.
The link road would come as part of a multi-million pound scheme to improve Wokingham Railway Station.
Changes have been made to the plans since they were presented to the public in March, when 62 per cent of people who took part in the consultation backed the proposals.
Wokingham Borough Council has set tackling traffic congestion as one of its key vision priorities.
Councillor Keith Baker, executive member for planning and highways, said: “People have been talking about a link road connecting the station with Reading Road for a long time now, so the submission of this planning application is a big step forward towards this. We are now within striking distance of it actually happening.
“We are extremely thankful for the huge public response to the consultation which led to changes being made to the plans and planning application – reflecting people’s views. There will also be another opportunity for people to comment on the proposals, as part of the normal planning process, and we welcome this.”
The plans are to demolish two properties in Reading Road and build a road, roughly 330m in length, connecting the A321 Wellington Road and the A329 Reading Road.
A combined footway and cycleway would be constructed along the road as well as four new traffic signal controlled junctions, noise barriers, pedestrian crossings and a transport interchange at the station.
Go-ahead for one-way Station Road
A decision on the application is expected to be made in October.
Details of the application, F/2012/1444, can be found at www.wokingham.gov.uk/planningcontrol/planning/planningapplications/searchplanningapplications/