Sunday, 9 December 2012

Road works at Three Tuns junction #rdg #earley

In case you missed the press release about the roadworks at the junction of Wokingham road and Church road see below. Unfortunately Wokingham didn't inform Reading councillors of this work. From the press release, if things are running to plan then they should be finished by the end of next week – Friday, December 14.

"Work is due to start this week (November 12) making significant improvements to the traffic lights and highway at the busy Three Tuns junction on the A329.

The work, which is due to last five weeks, is one of the first schemes to be rolled out as part of Wokingham Borough Council’s £2.75million grant from the government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).

The scheme will help to ease traffic congestion and improve walking and cycling access through the junction.

This will include the installation of an ‘intelligent’ traffic light system to replace the older less efficient equipment. The new traffic lights react to real time traffic flows and automatically adjust to reduce congestion through the junction; ultimately cutting journey times and C02 emissions. The lights themselves use the latest energy technology - low energy LEDs – requiring less maintenance and are therefore cheaper to operate.

The A329 Wokingham Road eastern approach to the junction will be resurfaced under the scheme, as well as improved facilities installed for cyclists and pedestrians.

Where possible the works have been planned to cause minimal disruption to traffic, and will be carried out during off-peak periods. However 24-hour four-way traffic lights will be needed – sometimes manually operated - during the morning and evening peak periods. Some of the lanes approaching the junction will also be restricted as a safety measure.

Works will also be carried during the first two weekends to minimise the risk of the work timetable overrunning."

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