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Have your say on the proposed cycle link between Woodley and Reading

Have your say on the proposed cycle link between Woodley and Reading

25 January 2022
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As part of the Government’s Active Travel Fund, Wokingham Borough Council is working to improve the cycle and walking connection between Woodley town centre and the Reading borough boundary at Palmer Park.  

Following an initial engagement exercise last year, an independent executive member decision (IEMD) last year agreed the council should continue work to develop the detailed designs.  

Yesterday (24 January) the council launched a further consultation on more detailed proposals along the Woodley / Reading Active Travel Route. 

This consultation will help the council decide whether to progress the project.  

The scheme includes local measures that prioritise active travel and provide facilities that are safe, attractive and inclusive for all. 

The aim is to provide a transport system that connects people and places and supports a sustainable, inclusive and striving towards being a carbon neutral borough.

Reducing car dependency

More than 600 responses were received on the initial consultation in March last year. Respondents indicated that the Woodley/Reading route will have the most significant impact on reducing car dependency and increasing bike use.  

Since the initial engagement exercise, the council have been using the feedback to develop options for the design of the Woodley / Reading active travel route further for this second consultation. 

'Want to see segregated cycleways' 

“Feedback from residents to our first consultation told us they want to see segregated cycleways and these would lead to more of them feeling safe to travel around the area on their bikes, with buggies, wheelchairs and on foot,” said Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways and transport. 

“The consultation will allow us to gain more feedback on the options we created from the initial public survey, which we can use to make the final decisions on the route and design details.” 

Investing in road networks

The council continues to invest in infrastructure across its road network to make it easier for residents to walk and cycle across the borough. 

This includes our growing greenways network and investment in cycle paths in other areas as better facilities will help cut the number of car journeys within the borough. 

It’s part of the council’s wider climate emergency agenda, with a goal to strive towards carbon neutrality by 2030. 

The consultation is now live and runs until 21 February.You can respond by visiting the council’s engagement platform Engage Wokingham Borough. If you need help completing this survey please call our Customer Delivery Team on (0118) 974 6000.

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