Latest update – 8 April 2021
We have made excellent progress on the A3095 highway improvements at the Hanworth and Golden Retriever junctions. We are now nearing the final phases of the works. Our initial work programme aimed for the scheme to be complete in the autumn but we are now expecting to finish the scheme in May - almost 4 months early.
Key work that will be taking place in the next few months includes:
- converting the Hanworth Road and Ringmead junction to a traffic signalised junction
- switching the Golden Retriever junction to operate with traffic lights
- surfacing the road at both junctions
You can read detailed updates about all of this work below.
Temporary traffic lights at the junction of Hanworth Road and Ringmead
This junction is to become signal controlled with new pedestrian crossings to improve safety for all users. There will be temporary traffic lights operating at the Hanworth Road and Ringmead junction over the coming weeks. These will be from 9:30am to 4pm.
Temporary traffic lights at the Golden Retriever junction
There are temporary traffic lights installed at the Golden Retriever junction. We have been adjusting the phasing of the lights to manage the traffic as efficiently as possible. Traffic flow has improved since the lights first started operating.
The temporary traffic lights are necessary to allow us to finish constructing the new junction layout. They will be in place until the works are complete and the new permanent signals can be turned on. This is anticipated to be in May. Until then users will experience some delay in getting through the junction as these signals will not operate as efficiently as the permanent intelligent traffic signals in the final scheme. Not all the lanes through the junction are open to traffic. This is to provide safe areas for work to be carried out.
Road closures at both junctions
Carriageway resurfacing at the 2 junctions will involve planing out the old road surface and the laying a new, defect free surface. During this time it will be necessary to close the whole of each junction for a time and put traffic diversions in place. Further details for each junction are detailed below.
Alternative strategic and local routes are shown on the following maps.
Surfacing work will start on Tuesday 6 April.
The whole junction will be closed between 9:30am and 4pm on:
- Tuesday 6 April to Friday 9 April
- Monday 12 April to Friday 16 April
During this period the A3095 Crowthorne Road will be closed between Hanworth roundabout and the Golden Retriever junction.
Great Hollands Road will be closed between Ringmead and Hanworth roundabout and there will be a signed diversion route for local traffic via Ringmead and the Wildridings (McDonalds) roundabout. Access for the Birch Hill and Hanworth areas will be possible from the A322 Bagshot Road end of Ringmead (Sainsbury’s).
After the surfacing has finished there will be some work to paint the road markings and install detectors in the road surface for the traffic lights. This work will continue until Saturday 22 April. The junction will be open but with lane closures to allow the work to be carried out safely.
Golden Retriever junction
Surfacing work is planned to start on Thursday 15 April and be complete by Friday 7 May.
The whole junction will be completely closed between 9:30am and 4pm on:
- Monday 19 April to Friday 23 April
- Monday 26 April to Friday 30 April
- Tuesday 4 May to Friday 7 May
During this period the A3095 Crowthorne Road will be closed between the Golden Retriever junction and Hanworth Roundabout and so access to Great Hollands will be via the Wildridings (McDonalds) and Hanworth roundabouts only.
Future resurfacing of the A3095 Crowthorne Road
There will be one further closure of the A3095 Crowthorne Road between the Hanworth and Golden Retriever junctions at the beginning of June to enable a defect free carriageway surface to be laid. Due to the materials which will be used on the road, this work must wait until we can be certain that the weather will be warm enough not to affect the surface while it is laid.
If adverse weather occurs during the planned surfacing works they may start later and be completed later than the dates above. Our contractor will place information boards at various locations near to the works area a few days before the works start. These boards will confirm the start date and duration. General advanced warning signs will also be in place ahead of the works.
About the improvements
The council has been successful in securing funds to undertake improvement work to the A3095 Crowthorne Road at the Hanworth and Golden Retriever roundabouts. This work is in partnership with the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Typically, this section of the A3095 experiences congestion which presents challenges for traffic movements and also acts as a constraint to ongoing growth within Bracknell Forest and the wider region.
As part of this planning work, we have taken account of the following:
- the likelihood of significantly reduced traffic flows for the foreseeable future
- a reduction in the number of business and amenities impacted by construction work
- the scale of work involved in this project
- the opportunity to avoid future disruption
Benefits of the improvements
This section of the A3095 becomes congested in both directions and future traffic growth means that these two junctions need to be improved. The scheme will make sure that traffic flow is maintained along this important corridor and that local communities can join or cross the A3095 safely. Work will include:
- adding a ‘fly-through’ lane on the central island of the Hanworth roundabout for south-bound traffic and installing full-time traffic signals at the junction
- converting the Golden Retriever roundabout to a crossroads with traffic lights
- extending the entry and exit lanes for both junctions
- introducing new signalised pedestrian and cycle crossings on Nine Mile Ride and the A3095 Crowthorne Road at the Golden Retriever junction, to help people cross safely
- providing a traffic light junction, including pedestrian crossings at the Ringmead junction with Hanworth Road - the operation of these signals will be linked to the Hanworth junction
- incorporating a ‘greenway’ initiative throughout the work – this will enhance the natural environment through tree planting, hedgerow creation, meadow enrichment and the creation of wildlife habitats alongside the improved road scheme
You can view the design of the scheme on the plans below.
Greenway – the Wild Way project
The Parks and Countryside team have been working with the Highways and Transport Department on the road improvement works to help deliver environmental improvement whilst offsetting the essential removal of some trees.
Find out more about this work on the Wild Way project page.