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."

                Distances Compared

 

 

 

The Ashridge Interchange would save a phenomenal car mileage if it were built.

Let's take an example of a journey from Shute End to the M4.

The first table below shows the distances Shute End looking northwards, with The Terrace on the right
from Shute End to the M4 via the
Reading Road :

Location

Mileage

Shute End

0

St. Paul's

0.2

Woosehill Roundabout

0.7

Winnersh Crossroads

2.1

Cinema Roundabout

3.1

Bader Way Roundabout

3.5

A329(M) on M4 Bridge

5.3

Shute End looking southwards with The Terrace on the left and the WDC offices on the right

The second table shows the distance
from Shute End to the M4 via the London
Road, which is very slightly shorter:

Location

Mileage

Shute End

0

Town Hall

0.2

Frog Hall Lane

1.1

Coppid Beech Roundabout

2.1

A329(M) on M4 Bridge

5.1

From Shute End to the same point on the M4 via the Ashridge Interchange, the distance would be less than 2 miles. That's quite a saving in time, motoring costs and pollution. Admittedly, a new Interchange would itself cause pollution, but there would be a massive reduction compared with the  current routes to the M4.

Distances to M4 from Shute End and Woosehill, shown on 1950s 1" O.S. Map, by acknowledgement

To take another example, let's suppose that there is a Woosehill resident who commutes daily along the M4. He's lived in Woosehill for 20 years.

  • In that time, he's travelled no fewer than 26,000 extra miles than if the Interchange had been available.

  • At today's cost of 40p a mile, he's spent over 10,000 more than he need have done enough to buy a new car.

  • At an average of 20 minutes extra on every day, this works out at the equivalent of a whole working year sitting in his car on the Reading Road.

Is our hapless commuter alone? No the effect is even greater on others.

Origin

Mileage Now

Mileage After

Difference

Annual Mileage Saved

Cost at 40p /mile

Woosehill

 9.2

4.0

5.2

1300

520

Oxford Road

10.2

4.0

6.2

1550

620

Wiltshire Road

 9.2

3.5

5.7

1425

570

Near the Dog & Duck, Emmbrook

10.6

3.0

7.6

1900

760

Using 2001 census data showing daily travel-to-work patterns by car, we can estimate that there are many thousands commuting from around Wokingham Town and its hinterland who currently use the A329(M) via Winnersh or Coppid Beech, but who would switch to using the Ashridge Interchange if it were available.  Think what would happen if they didn't have to travel these extra miles via the Reading Road, the Town Centre or the London Road. It's not surprising that Winnersh Parish Council's 5-year Plans have repeatedly mentioned the need for the Ashridge Interchange.

 

 

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