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 - Wokingham's one-way system

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

In mid-1968, Wokingham Town's traffic flowed in both directions along the main streets, but this soon changed, as short extracts from these articles in the 'Wokingham Times' illustrate.

September 19th 1968:

‘Wokingham’s big traffic switch-round planned for midnight on Sunday September 29th’:

[…] The scheme, which is experimental and may have to be amended in the light of traffic movements, introduces one-way traffic for the whole of the centre of the town with the exception of Broad Street. […] A short length of Rose Street will be two-way, but traffic can enter only at Broad Street and leave by the narrow section into Wiltshire Road. […]

October 3rd 1968:

‘Town’s one-way ‘turning private roads into Piccadilly Circus’:

Wokingham’s new one-way experimental traffic scheme has raised a storm of protest from householders in Langborough Road, Murdock Road, Crescent Road and Howard Road, and one has described it as becoming like Piccadilly Circus. With there being no entry to Denmark Street at its junction with Langborough Road, traffic using this road to get to the town centre and London Road via Easthampstead has more than trebled since the introduction of the scheme on Sunday night. […]

October 17th 1968:

‘Mood of mutiny among Wokingham shopkeepers’:

Trade slump follows new traffic regulations.

October 31st 1968:

‘Wokingham one-way traffic scheme "completely round the bend" ’:

Market Place like a morgue, says trader. […]

November 7th 1968:

‘Angry traders say new traffic flow damages business’:

‘Wokingham’s streets now speed tracks’ – says Les Ilott. […] Mr. J. L. Langley, a Denmark Street trader, attacked the council for implementing the one-way system before sufficient parking space had been allotted. […]

December 12th 1968:

‘A child going to school will be killed, warn parents’:

Mounting anger over traffic dangers in Wokingham. [Article on the busy junction of Norreys Avenue and Wiltshire Road, which at the time had no pedestrian crossing.]

January 9th 1969:

‘Traffic Warden says he cannot hound victims of Wokingham’s "stupid one-way traffic system’:

[Mr. Bullen left this job to work at the Arborfield Army Apprentices’ College.]

January 16th 1969:

‘Wokingham traders condemn ‘hotch-potch’ traffic flow’:

[Minor changes would remove four danger points.]

Letter on ‘Pedestrian view of One Way System’:

[The writer was in favour of the scheme.]

October 2nd 1969:

‘Putting a stop to this’:

[Photo of parking on both sides of Rectory Road – Wokingham Borough Council’s Public Works Committee, looking into parking in Rectory Road, Station Road and Wellington Road.]

Thanks are due to Surrey and Berkshire Media, owners of the 'Wokingham 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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