An important milestone will be reached in the Market Place Improvement Project this week when Broad Street and Langborough Road re-open to offer the first proper view of the town’s great new look.
Whilst areas of paving in front of Boots will still need to be completed, residents will be able to appreciate the York Stone paving and stylish appearance in Broad Street (at the Town Hall) from Friday 23 March as the ambitious project starts to deliver results.
Focus moves to Denmark Street
The project will now focus on the Denmark Street section and that road will be closed to traffic. Langborough Road will also re-open at the same time as Broad Street.
The £3.8million joint borough and town council Market Place Improvements project is replacing the poor quality, root damaged paving, cluttered street scene and inconvenient bus lane with a smart, new look that is pedestrian-friendly and perfect to support a flourishing market, successful shops and bustling outdoor living.
New look becoming visable
Wokingham Town Council Mayor Cllr Peter Lucey, said: “We know people have waited a long time for Broad Street to re-open. So I am pleased to see this clear sign of progress and that the exciting new look for the town is becoming visible.
“We have installed new trees (selected to thrive in town locations, and in special pits to avoid root damage to the paving) and, as the project develops, people will see our vision of a beautiful style public space becoming a reality.”
Broad Street’s re-opening was delayed because of the volume of issues underground that have had to be repaired and rectified. It is now expected that the project will be complete in July.
Apologies for disturbance
Cllr Keith Baker, Wokingham Borough Council's executive member for highways and transport, said: “We understand the stress and frustration these works have caused and we apologise for the disturbance to people lives and businesses.
“There is always an element of uncertainty about a highways project such as this and the larger the areas being investigated, the more risk – particularly in a historic town such as Wokingham. In this case, we have been very unlucky and have found a jungle of poorly laid and unregistered utility pipe works as well as old structures that have caused unavoidable delays. We rely on utility companies to tell us about the whereabouts of pipe works and, on this occasion, the information was not as accurate as we would have liked.”
When Broad Street re-opens, the temporary traffic light arrangements on Rose Street will also be removed.
However, people should be are aware that, as part of the Elms Field project it will be necessary to carry out work on the lower end of Denmark Street between Langborough Road and Wellington Road, the detail of this is currently being worked out and will be notified at the appropriate time.
Current work schedule
Please note this may be subject to change:
- March 23: Broad Street reopened to traffic
- March 23: Denmark Street closed to traffic
- March 23: Langborough Road open to traffic
- April: Main area of Market Place completed
- Early May: Area in front of Broad Street shops completed
- Mid June: Denmark Street carriageway works complete
Wokingham Town Council produces regular newsletters and updates on the Market Place Improvement Project. To sign up to receive these please contact Wokingham Town Clerk Jan Nowecki on (0118) 978 3185.