Flood-prone Loddon Bridge park and ride could be replaced by micro schemesBy Jon Nurse
January 31, 2013
Connections around Wokingham could become simpler and quicker as a number of park and rides are considered to replace the flood-prone Loddon Bridge scheme.
Park and rides from Winnersh Triangle, Coppid Beech, Broken Brow near Thames Valley Park and Mereoak, combined with micro schemes around Wokingham town, are all on the cards in a new strategy to be considered.
The explosion of park and ride options would signal an end to the often closed Loddon Bridge scheme in 2014, with users directed instead to a new route starting next to Winnersh Triangle railway station.
Last year the council estimated it lost around £1,700 in ticket sales every day Loddon Bridge site was closed.
The new strategy, which plans through to 2026, aims to boost usage of public transport, reduce congestion and make the schemes self funding.
Wokingham Borough Council’s executive is expected to approve the strategy for public consultation tomorrow ahead of a review in May.
Wokingham town centre would be served by micro park and ride schemes, which use existing and usually under-used car parks.
A Coppid Beech park and ride site would use an existing bus service to link Wokingham and Bracknell.
Two orbital bus services are being considered, travelling from north of junction 11 of the M4 in Reading to Twyford, and from the same village to Arborfield.
And routes to and from Reading would be promoted with new park and rides at Mereoak and Broken Brow, and a new limited bus stop service starting in Bracknell.
In Thursday’s meeting, the executive will also consider a one-year extension of the Loddon Bridge Park and Ride contract, which ends on Tuesday, February 5.
It is expected to be the last extension before a planning application for an alternative scheme is submitted this year.
The predicted cost of providing the service, jointly funded by Wokingham and Reading Borough Councils, is £60,000 for each authority.
The service has seen a decline in use over the past six years, mainly due to regular flooding on the site.