Mo­torists launch pe­ti­tion to get traf­fic mov­ing

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By PHIL CREIGHTON

MO­TORISTS fed up with Wok­ing­ham’s traf­fic mis­ery have launched a pe­ti­tion call­ing on the bor­ough coun­cil to take ac­tion.

As we re­vealed last week, the clo­sure of a sec­tion of Denmark Street by Wok­ing­ham’s town hall has caused almighty de­lays on the bor­ough’s choked roads.

Driv­ers are re­port­ing jour­neys that would take 10 min­utes now tak­ing up to two hours to com­plete, as road­works around en­trances into Wok­ing­ham town cen­tre com­bine with the Mar­ket Place works to cre­ate the per­fect storm.

Res­i­dent Clive Chafer set up the pe­ti­tion, which is on change.org.

Headed “Get the traf­fic out of Wok­ing­ham town cen­tre”, the pe­ti­tion has at­tracted just over 500 sig­na­tures since it was launched on Satur­day.

Mr Chafer calls on Wok­ing­ham Coun­cil to make “a plan to take this traf­fic out of the cen­tre, give us back our mar­ket town, and make liv­ing, shop­ping and so­cial­is­ing here a plea­sure again”.

In the in­tro­duc­tion to the pe­ti­tion, he notes: “Wok­ing­ham is be­ing stran­gled by traf­fic.

Two main roads (A329 and A321) meet in the cen­tre. But so far the only ef­fort that has been made to re­lieve this and make the cen­tre an at­trac­tive place to meet, walk and shop is to put all the through traf­fic onto ex­ist­ing small streets and roads (Welling­ton, Rec­tory, Lang­bor­ough, Mur­doch...) near the cen­tre.

“These roads were never built to take through traf­fic, and the nar­row streets in the cen­tre (Peach, Denmark...) are cer­tainly not up to the job.”

Many sign­ing agreed. He­len Lamb noted: “Some­thing se­ri­ous needs to be done to re­lieve the traf­fic is­sues in and around Wok­ing­ham, a good start would be to stop build­ing more houses it's in­sane.”

Emma Dally said: “It is com­pletely ridicu­lous, takes for­ever to get in and out of town any time of day”.

Char­lotte El­lard said it took longer to get her son to nurs­ery than it did for her to com­mute to Lon­don. She added: “I’m sign­ing be­cause the traf­fic is hideous”.

And Gavin Whitwell said: “Our coun­cill seem clue­less and in­ept”.

The pe­ti­tion can be signed at www.change.org

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