In anticipation of the hugely popular launch of The Lexicon Bracknell in less than two weeks, Bracknell Forest Council is encouraging people to consider how they travel to the town centre celebrations including by car to one of the town’s car parks, using public transport or walking.
The four day launch is expected to draw people from the across the borough and beyond, and as a result the town's roads and car parks are expected to be busy.
To beat the crowds, there are a host of transport options available for people planning to visit between 7-10 September and beyond. These include:
- 3,800 car parking spaces in four town centre multi-storey car parks
- 91 trains stopping at Bracknell train station (Monday to Saturday)
- 55 miles of traffic free cycle routes across the borough with The Lexicon at their heart - there are also 500 free bike parking spaces in the town centre
- 348 bus journeys a day arriving at Bracknell bus station from 4 September
Additionally, The Lexicon is within a 25 minute walking distance of Easthampstead, Bullbrook, Wildridings, Warfield and Priestwood.
Cllr Chris Turrell, executive member for planning and transport, said:
We are expecting our roads and car parks to be busy over the four day launch of The Lexicon as it is something our residents, visitors and businesses have been waiting for, for many years.
With this in mind, we are asking people to consider all of the travel options, including using public transport or walking to The Lexicon to beat the queues. There are so many different ways of getting to the town centre, driving is just one of them, so why not catch the bus, train, walk or cycle?
Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for economic development and regeneration, said:
The launch of The Lexicon is one of the biggest moments in the town's history and so it's fair to assume that it will be very popular and with that popularity will come a high volume of traffic.
The opening of M&S in July gave us a taster of just how busy the launch days are likely to be; while we have planned for the expected extra traffic, it is likely that there will still be some congestion and queuing on the town centre’s roads across the launch days.
Prior to The Lexicon's launch, a number of the borough's main gateways, including Station Roundabout and Twin Bridges Roundabout, have been upgraded in anticipation of extra traffic around the town centre. Additionally, a number of bus routes are to be extended into the evenings and weekends from the start of September to get people to and from The Lexicon.
Simon Russian, development manager for Legal & General on behalf of Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, said:
There is no doubt that the opening weekend will be busy as excitement builds with just two weeks to go until The Lexicon opens. We want visitors to be aware of the wide range of transport options available.