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First traffic-free green route linking Finchampstead to Arborfield Green development opens

First traffic-free green route linking Finchampstead to Arborfield Green development opens

24 November 2017
Photo of children cycling on a greenway

Wokingham Borough Council’s first greenway, which will link Finchampstead (The FBC Centre) to new the new development at Arborfield Green (the former Arborfield Garrison) will be officially opened by the Mayor of Wokingham borough on Saturday 2 December at 1.30pm


As part of the council’s plans to encourage greenways – traffic-free multi user routes – linking major developments throughout the borough, the first greenway will provide a safe route for pedestrians, cyclists and other users between the new Arborfield Green Development, and Finchampstead via California Country Park.


The new path boasts a new hard, permeable all weather surface made from a mixture of gravel and recycled car tyres, making the path accessible for most types of users. The project has been funded using developer contributions from new housing developments in the borough.


The council’s aspiration is to have greenways linking the major developments coming to the borough (in Shinfield, Arborfield Garrison and Wokingham) to each other and also to the existing communities and places of interest and employment. It is hoped that the project will reduce congestion while improving the wellbeing of residents.


Wokingham Borough Council’s executive member for environment, Cllr Norman Jorgensen said: “I’m delighted that the first of our greenways has now opened. These greenways provide a genuinely attractive alternative to cars for getting around – it’s great that our first will be accessible for so many different users – all while providing new designated commuter routes to get people to where they work and go to school and improving their health and wellbeing.”