Ashridge Interchange  

The Ship Inn from London Road, with Peach Street to the left

Market Place and Broad Street from Cockpit PathShute End looking northwards, with The Terrace on the right

   "The Ashridge Interchange Movement ('AIM') is a non-party organisation that exists to promote the
   best possible traffic solution for Wokingham for the least overall environmental impact."

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The Woosehill Planning Inspector's Report, 1974

The Woosehill Inspector's Report four decades on

 

Seeking a way out of Wokingham's Traffic Nightmare

  • Through traffic clogs up Wokingham town centre and its main approach roads; a small incident, or road works, brings the whole system to a standstill.

  • We must find a way to remove through traffic from the town centre, and to provide alternatives.

  • We must reduce traffic flows on the Reading Road and London Road.

  • How can this be done?

  • We believe there is only one long-term solution: to open the Ashridge Location of the proposed Interchange, to the east of the A321 The M4 West slip road is proposed to split into two, with the Ashridge slip heading straight on The link to the Reading Road should be as short as possible The level crossing should be eliminated by a link from Reading Road to Oxford Road It is over 5 miles from Shute End to the M4 either via Reading Road or London Road M4 commuters from Woosehill travel 1,300 extra miles a year without Ashridge Interchange It is nearly 5 miles from Woosehill to the M4 via Winnersh It is shorter and often quicker for Wokingham residents to join the M4 via Maidenhead rather than via Winnersh or Coppid Beech The M4 - A329(M) junction severed Dunt Lane in Hurst and Forest Road when it was built Traffic from Shute End travels more than 5 miles to reach the M4 via London Road Interchange (see the arrow on the map; click on the map to follow the links to detailed articles).

  • We need to minimise its impact by placing a link road to the Reading Road via the Emmbrook School site .

  • We also believe that the Station Level Crossing must be eliminated, to be replaced by a bridge link from Oxford Road .  

 

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

In early 2012, Wokingham Borough Council published its plans for a Northern Distributor Road and a Station Link Road, neither of which we believe will relieve the town centre of through traffic or ease congestion around the station. They totally ignore the warnings from the Woosehill Planning Inspector from 1974, who predicted chronic traffic congestion around Wokingham if his warnings went un-heeded.

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