Work will start later this month to build two new park and ride sites to benefit the many thousands of people who commute between Reading and Wokingham everyday.
Together the new park and ride facilities at Mereoak and Winnersh Triangle will deliver nearly 1,000 parking spaces, offering people a sustainable and cost effective alternative to long stay town centre parking. The use of public transport will contribute to better air quality and support growth in the local economies of Reading and Wokingham.
Both will be built simultaneously and it is planned for the construction to be completed late Spring 2015. When complete they will offer blue badge holder, cycle and motorbike parking, and eventually electric charging points.
The Mereoak site, at Mereoak Lane, Grazeley, will provide 579 parking spaces. Located just to the south of Junction 11 of the M4, and beside the A33, it will offer a regular Greenwave bus service to and from central Reading, as well as serving Green Park and Reading International Business Park. The site will feature a terminal building and include improved pedestrian and cycle paths alongside the car park. The Greenwave Kennet Island service will also continue.
The new Winnersh Triangle Park and Ride will have 390 spaces and replace the current location at Loddon Bridge. Located at Wharfedale Road, adjacent to near Winnersh Station, people will have the choice of travelling into Reading by bus or train. The existing park and ride at Loddon Bridge will stay open until the new sites are ready.
Both sites are in Wokingham Borough. The schemes are being funded through Reading Borough Council’s successful Local Sustainable Transport Fund bid to the Department for Transport, in partnership with Wokingham Borough Council.
Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said:
“The creation of two new park and ride sites and around 1,000 park and ride parking spaces to serve Reading and Wokingham is central to the Council’s strategy of continuing to create sustainable ways of travelling for the many thousands of commuters who commute to and from the town everyday.
“The new Park and Ride site at Mereoak is something Reading Borough Council planned for during the Junction 11 improvement works. The Winnersh Triangle Park and Ride will replace the old Loddon Bridge Park and Ride, which as regular users will know, regularly flooded. Both sites are outside of Reading Borough and are being delivered in partnership with our neighbours in Wokingham in acknowledgement of the huge amount of people who commute between the two boroughs.”
Cllr John Kaiser, executive member for highways and planning, at Wokingham Borough Council, said:
“We’re really pleased that work is finally starting on building these two schemes, because we know people are keen to start using them. They are an integral part of our philosophy in our transport strategy to give people realistic and easy travel options, and help cut traffic congestion in our town centres.”