Plans for Station Link Road up for discussion next weekBy Laura Herbert
January 09, 2013
Controversial plans to build a road to ease congestion in the town centre are expected to be given the green light tonight.
Plans were due to be discussed this evening (Wednesday), but Wokingham Borough Council has confirmed the meeting has been postponed.
The plans include a new road linking Reading Road and Station Road, a transport interchange, new signal junctions and improved cycle ways and footpaths.
If they are approved, two properties in Reading Road will be demolished to make way for a link road 336m long connecting Wellington Road and A329 Reading Road, which will be part one-way and part two-way.
A combined cycle and footway along the link road will be created, along with a transport interchange at Wokingham train station, four traffic light junctions, noise barriers and pedestrian crossings.
Changes have been made to the plans since they were shown in March, when 62 per cent of people who took part in the consultation backed the proposals.
The council received 28 letters in response to the initial consultation – five in support and 23 letters of objection – including responses from Emmbrook Residents’ Association, the Wokingham Society, Walter Infants School and people living nearby.
A further 42 letters of objection were received from people living in Imperial Court.
Following a consultation on the revised plans, the council received a letter from Emmbrook Residents’ Association and one other that didn’t raise any planning issues.
The main issues raised by objectors were fears the link road would have ‘little impact’ on traffic and have a ‘negative impact on the market town ambience of Wokingham’.
Fears were also raised about increased queuing and congestion in Oxford Road and access to London Road and A329M for people living in Station Road.
Some people were concerned about commuter parking in nearby roads, including Caroline Drive, as the plans will result in a loss of 87 parking spaces at Wokingham train station.
The Station Link Road (SLR) is part of a two-phase multi-million pound scheme to improve Wokingham train station.
The first phase includes the redevelopment of the station building, creating the public transport interchange and changes to the layout of Station Approach.
The phase was previously given planning permission and work started at the end of November.
This application, which is expected to be approved by the council’s planning committee, forms the second phase of the plans.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 16, at the council's offices in Shute End, starting at 7pm.