Two public consultation events are being held in November looking at Wokingham Borough Council’s £3.6million proposals to build a new park and ride (P&R) at Thames Valley Park (TVP) east of Reading.
The scheme would complement the new P&Rs at Winnersh Triangle and Mereoak, and slightly older one at Madejski Stadium.
The exhibition exploring the plans is being held at the Wokingham Waterside Centre, Thames Valley Park Drive, Berkshire, RG6 1PQ on Wednesday 4 November, from 3 to 6pm and Thursday 12 November, noon to 3pm. General public are welcome alongside business park workers.
The events are part of a month-long consultation, from 4 November to 4 December. If people cannot attend the exhibition they can visit the My Journey Wokingham website to find out more, and if they wish complete an online form.
The scheme is looking at a site west of the roundabout between the A3290 and Thames Valley Park Drive. It is currently undeveloped and bordered by a railway line (south) and the River Thames (north).
A P&R in this location could help reduce traffic heading east into Reading and ease congestion on London Road at Cemetery Junction (with the A329); making local journeys more reliable.
It would better use existing public transport routes between TVP and Reading, cut car emissions from fewer vehicles driving into Reading and give motorists an alternative when travelling into Reading on the A4, or A3290.
“We’re right at the start of the process here, looking into the proposals in more detail, so we hope to and encourage people take part,” said Cllr John Kaiser, executive member for planning and highways.
“People’s input will be analysed and a then report outlining the main findings published. This will help shape the final decision, so you’re input is very important.
“If plans get the green light the site could be ready 2017 making this our third in the borough recently; Winnersh Triangle several weeks ago and Mereoak a few months before. Both are doing well.
“They underline how seriously we’re taking the problem of managing traffic issues on the borough’s roads while also giving people better travel options.”
The scheme would be funded by a The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) grant and contributions from the private sector. LEP funding would come from central government, rather than local taxation.
These proposals are not part of the East Reading Mass Rapid Transit Route. That is a different project which will go out public consultation if given the go-ahead.