Five weeks of roadworks begin on A329By Laura Herbert
November 19, 2012
Work to improve a busy junction in Earley began last Monday.
The improvements to the A329 Three Tuns junction, which are due to take five weeks, are one of the first schemes to be rolled out across the borough thanks to a £2.75 million grant from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).
The scheme will ease congestion, improve walking and cycling access and offer travel plans for people and businesses and improved bus services and cycling initiative.
The work will include the installation of an ‘intelligent’ traffic light system which will react to real time traffic flows and automatically adjust to reduce congestion through the junction.
The lights use low energy LEDs, meaning less maintenance is needed and are therefore cheaper to operate.
The work is due to be carried out during off-peak times, but four-way traffic lights will be in use during morning and evening rush hours.
Contractors will also be on site during the first two weekends to minimise the risk of work overrunning.
Councillor Keith Baker, executive member for highways and planning at Wokingham Borough Council, said: “We recognise residents have already experienced an exceptional level of disturbance from utility companies. The council is in constant communication with these utilities about any future work planned in this area, to ensure we all work together to minimise disruption to residents.
“We apologise for any inconvenience you may experience. Please be patient with us.
“These works are temporary and in the long term they will make your journeys much better along this vital route.
He added: “All of the schemes under the LSTF are exciting developments because they will directly contribute to the economic wellbeing of our local companies as well as change the way our residents travel around the borough.”