Some 400 car spaces are available at Wokingham Borough Council’s new park and ride in Winnersh, which is now open (26 October).
The new sustainable travel hub built next to Winnersh Triangle train station in Wharfedale Road, gives motorists both rail and bus options for their journeys.
Located just off Junction 10 of the M4, and neighbouring Winnersh Triangle business park, it boasts two electric car chargers, CCTV, automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), as well as cycle, motorbike, and disabled parking.
It is open Monday to Saturdays, 7am to 7pm, with Reading Buses operating an express service every 15 minutes between the business park and Reading town centre along dedicated bus lanes on the A329(M) and King’s Road.
Winnersh replaces nearby Loddon Bridge Park and Ride, which was prone to flooding. This closed for good at the weekend, with the existing Reading Buses service also moving to the new site.
The cost for park and ride parking is included in the bus fare, except for concessionary travellers where a £1 parking charge (per car) is paid on the bus. Train passengers and other parkers will be charged £4 for the whole day (10 hours). Discounted season tickets are also available.
The ANPR notes vehicle registration numbers when they enter, so rail and car parking motorists can pay at any time during their stay - but not as they exit because the barrier has no ticket machine. Ticket machines are next to the parking bays and take cash or credit cards. Payment can also be made on mobile phones via the RingGo app.
Park and ride motorists pay for their parking on the bus and are given a ticket with a unique bar code to present at the car park barrier when they leave.
If no parking spaces are available at any time, the barrier will rise so motorists just arrived can exit.
See photos at the official launch of Winnersh P&R.
“This is a much-welcomed new facility in this area for motorists,” said Cllr John Kaiser, Wokingham Borough Council’s executive member for planning and highways. “It gives people realistic and easy travel choices, and will help take the pressure off our roads. It’s also very much part of our sustainable travel strategy helping reduce local congestion.”
Funding for this site and the recently opened Mereoak Park and Ride came from a successful Local Sustainable Transport Fund bid to the Department for Transport, in partnership with Reading Borough Council.
Cllr Tony Page, Reading's lead councillor for strategic environment, planning and transport, said: “The new Winnersh Park and Ride will provide a reliable and attractive way to travel into Reading from the east, either by bus or rail. It comes weeks after the opening of the Mereoak Park and Ride which is beginning to establish itself as the park and ride of choice for people commuting into Reading from the south.”
Martijn Gilbert, Reading Buses chief executive officer, said: “This is a fantastic new site for our park and ride buses. With our new on-board barcode printers and scanners, we can offer a great solution for park and ride customers. Whether buying from the driver or using one of the new ‘parksaver’ smartcards, there are great value fares to be had.”
See more details about Winnersh Park and Ride.