As from today (7 Sept), traffic heading north out of Shinfield will use the new bridge over the M4 connecting to the Black Boy Roundabout, which has until now only been open to motorists travelling south.
This new bridge was opened at the end of July taking southbound traffic only, while the old bridge next to it carried northbound vehicles – both serving the Black Boy junction.
From now on the new bridge will take both north and south traffic and will feed onto the new relief road when it opens.
The old bridge is now being handed to Highways England to do structural repairs and waterproofing. Once this has been done, it will be converted into a shared foot and cycleway, and northbound bus lane to the Black Boy Roundabout.
Hochtief, working on behalf of the University Of Reading, is now in the final phase of building the new relief road and for the next few weeks will be finishing works in Arborfield Road and Shinfield Road. This includes commissioning new traffic lights, and the issue of the acoustic fencing which is due to be discussed by the borough council’s planning committee on 14 September.
Once all of these elements are complete, the relief road will be opened. The date for this opening will be announced once the date has been set.