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."

                History - Bracknell New Town and the A329

Berkshire County Council Minutes:

Ashridge Interchange

Woosehill development

Highways and Transportation sub-committees

Wokingham Times Articles, 1968-9, by subject:

Bracknell Town

Wokingham Town

Wokingham One-Way System

The Land Commission and Woosehill

Reading Road and Winnersh

Build-up of opposition to Ashridge proposals

Public Inquiry
Week 1

Public Inquiry
Week 2

Public Inquiry
Week 3

Newspaper reports, late 1970

Summary of Newspaper reports, 1971-5

Wokingham Times Articles, 1971-5, by subject:

Wokingham Town


Public Inquiry, Summer 1973


Woodley and Earley

The M4, A329(M) and IDR

An 'A329 relief road' was proposed from Reading to Amen Corner and through Bracknell and Ascot to Virginia Water and eventually to reach the M3.

The 'Bracknell Times' recorded mounting opposition to this at a time when Bracknell's town centre still carried through road traffic.

August 29th 1968:

Storm over Relief Road at Bracknell

Public feeling is hardening in Bracknell against the proposed four-lane M-type relief road for the A329, a scheme which would cleave through the new town and bring a traffic flow of 70,000 vehicles a day. […] Several hundred people have already signed a petition. […] They are protesting strongly against "the recently-published proposal to drive an M-type road through the centre of our town, which is new and supposedly being planned.

[The protesters proposed taking the road to Nine Mile Ride rather than Downshire Way. They perceived the planned road as a link between the M4 and M3 motorways.]

September 5th 1968:

‘[Bracknell] Residents angered by secrecy over mini-motorway’

[Selected quotes are from retired Squadron Leader Langley, of Oak Lea, Broad Lane, Bracknell:]

  • Was it intended that the proposed A329 relief road should also be a link road between the M3 and M4 motorways?
  • Was it possible that this relief road would at some future date be joined to the projected M25 motorway at Leatherhead?
  • Was it possible that at some future date this A329 relief road would form part of a new motorway from the Midlands to Dover?

‘Mini-motorway could slice right through the heart of Bracknell’:

[…] The County Council has said that about 40 Bracknell properties will be affected, and another 12 near Bracknell […]

Coming from Wokingham, it will run along Downshire Way, past the fire station to Bagshot Road roundabout. This will be trebled in size and have three decks. The northern section of Bagshot Road will need to become a six-lane dual carriageway to accommodate access roads. The mini-motorway will then go along Broad Lane, across Ranelagh Drive, across Larges Lane, over the railway, over Broad Lane, over Ralph’s Ride and thence to Virginia Water. […]

October 31st 1968:

‘Bracknell traders join protest over "mini-motorway" ’

April 10th 1969:

‘First map of Bracknell town centre’s road layout’:

[… making Broadway and High Street pedestrian-only.]

April 24th 1969:

‘Kane Report on Bracknell’:

[This was the first of a series of long and detailed, well-illustrated articles by reporter Mike Kane on the history and development of Bracknell.]

Thanks are due to Surrey and Berkshire Media, owners of the 'Bracknell Times', for permission to reproduce these articles. Note that microfilm copies of these newspapers can be viewed at both Wokingham and Bracknell Libraries.

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