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Eastern Relief Road - final works
The project to build the Shinfield Eastern Relief Road, on behalf of the University of Reading, is nearing completion. In order to minimise the level of disruption to the local community and the travelling public, we have planned final activities at the Cutbush Lane/Shinfield Road junction to be carried out in specific phases. This phasing has been reviewed and agreed with Wokingham Borough Council and it requires complex traffic management changes:
From now until 18th July 16
Preparation work using single lane closures. All roads remain fully open
18th July to 22nd July inclusive (5 days)
Traffic will continue to use the existing M4 bridge, but the Cutbush Lane/Shinfield Road junction will be fully closed 24/7.
Access to and from Cutbush Lane will be via an alternative signed route (see attached map).
22nd July to 27th August inclusive
Southbound traffic will be permanently switched onto the new M4 bridge and will access Shinfield via the new gyratory system (northbound traffic will continue to use the existing bridge).
The existing bridge will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.
27th August to 30th October inclusive
The existing M4 bridge will be fully closed for refurbishment. All vehicles, including pedestrians and cyclists, will use the new M4 bridge.
On completion of the refurbishment, the existing bridge will re-open to pedestrians, cyclists and buses only.
The above dates are subject to weather conditions and do not include the work to Arborfield Road roundabout. Details regarding the Arborfield Road roundabout completion will be issued once they are available. Below show the various diversion routes which will be in use. You can find out more by reading our FAQ.
Pedestrian Diversion Routes
Vehicular Diversion Routes
How does this affect residents and businesses?
Access to and from all properties in Shinfield will be maintained, however, this may not always be via your normal route and during this time temporary road signage will be displayed to direct traffic. Pedestrian and cycle routes will also vary and will be signed accordingly. Attached are plans showing both vehicle and pedestrian routes around the new gyratory system during the various traffic management stages.
We would encourage you to share this information to any interested parties, as we know we cannot possibly reach everybody individually. If you would like more information please contact Kelly Shear, our Public Liaison Officer, on 07976 180915 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.