Phase two of the Winnersh Relief Road opened on Monday 10 May. The road provides an alternative route around Winnersh to help reduce congestion at the Winnersh crossroads and surrounding roads.
The new road design includes two banned right turns: Vehicles can no longer turn right when travelling south on King Street Lane onto Hatch Farm Way or when travelling west on Longdon Road onto King Street Lane.
The council is aware that since the road opened on Monday, some drivers are ignoring the traffic signs and making illegal turns at the junction and that there have been several collisions as a result. The council is urging all motorists to follow the clear signs and road markings and not to attempt to make any illegal turns.
The junction has been designed in accordance with government highway design standards and road safety requirements, which requires independent road safety audits to be carried out. The council is installing more signs and will be monitoring the junction to look at the use of illegal right turns, and will also work with Thames Valley Police to stop motorists from making illegal right turns at the junction.
The introduction of banned turns at this junction is necessary for the Winnersh Relief Road to operate as designed and to relieve congestion. It improves existing routes in the area and creates new connections for pedestrians and cyclists. The Winnersh Relief Road provides resilience for the borough’s highways network by creating an alternative route to travel between Wokingham and Reading via Winnersh.
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