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."

                About this site

 

Co-ordinator:

Steve Bacon
B.Sc. (Transport Administration)
45 Melrose Gardens
Arborfield
Berkshire
RG2 9PY

Steve attended the University of Salford from 1970 to 1973 as a sponsored student. On graduation, he returned to B.O.A.C., by now merged with B.E.A. to become British Airways. He joined the Marketing Research department, working on passenger forecasting, in flight and ground surveys.

He commuted to Heathrow Airport in a car pool from 1974 to 1979, and so he knows local travel patterns very well.

Gradually getting more involved with I.T., Steve moved full time into this industry. For a while, I.T. and transport came back together when he worked on the 'London Buses' project, helping to get software systems for Revenue Accounting, Operations and Engineering Management installed into bus garages around the capital. He believes that the privatised bus operations in London offer an excellent model for the rest of the country, and waits eagerly for Parliament to pass the necessary legislation that will allow this to happen.

Steve spent many years with Hewlett Packard and its non-computer offshoot, Agilent Technologies. Although no longer paid for his studies into transport systems, he has nevertheless built up a large repository of knowledge from his travels in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea.

From 2000 to 2002 he lived with his family in Stuttgart, and learned much about the German way of running public transport. He commuted to work 16 miles each way, using a single inexpensive season ticket covering all local bus, tram and rail services. He feels that the Thames Valley has a lot in common with the Stuttgart region, but desperately needs to have an efficient public transport system so that people can move about with less harm to the environment.

In the mid-1990's, Steve was a District Councillor, and chaired the Planning and Transportation Committee from 1995 to 1997.

Steve has recently corresponded with Les Roland on traffic matters, and they agree that the only permanent solution to Wokingham's transport problems is to get the Ashridge Interchange built. 'AIM' is the result.

Les Roland is a retired water engineer, who has long sought an answer to Wokingham's traffic problems.

 

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