“We share the public’s frustration with the delay for this scheme. We’ve raised our concerns with the University of Reading and its contractor Hochtief, who are delivering the project. This has led to them increasing their resources to tackle the outstanding work around Arborfield Road, Shinfield Road and the Black Boy Roundabout.
“We do not have control over the contract. Our input is solely as a highway authority. We review and challenge the construction methods of a third party while the road is being built to make sure the finished highway meets the quality benchmarks needed before we can adopt it. We have the long term interests of our residents and commuters in mind to ensure standards are maintained and disruption is kept to a minimum. We are working with Hochtief and the University of Reading to get the project finished and open.
“With a complex project like this there are always unforeseen problems. Current issues include water seeping up through the surface of the relief road. We cannot allow traffic to use this new section until we are absolutely sure this has been fully addressed.
“When the final resurfacing of Arborfield Road is done, work will concentrate around Shinfield Road, with the new relief road then opened.”
Cllr Malcolm Richards, executive member for highways and transport