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History - Bracknell New Town and the A329
Berkshire County Council Minutes:
Wokingham Times Articles, 1968-9, by subject:
Wokingham Times Articles, 1971-5, by subject:
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:]
‘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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