A329 London Road improvements
Latest update - 29 July 2019
In order to improve the look of the junction while we wait until the autumn and the best time to plant trees, wildflower seeds have been sown in the verges. These seeds comprise only annual species which will create a colourful and insect friendly cover for the area and will die off just as the trees are to be planted.
In addition to the visual and wildlife benefits this will provide, the wildflower seeds should stop too many perennial grasses and other species from growing in the area and competing with the young trees next summer.
Once the last of the wildflowers on the verges has finished flowering, these areas will be mown to allow easier access onto site as well as to keep the area looking tidy.
The trees and labour have been ordered and work to plant and mulch the areas, in line with the plans linked below, will occur over a day or two in the late autumn.
The exact date for this work will be determined by the weather, as in order to avoid the new trees going into shock and dying when they are pulled up, it needs to be cold enough for them to have gone into dormancy for the winter.
Now that the major construction works have been completed at the junction, we will be introducing new landscaping into the available verge space.
The council's Parks and Countryside Team have been involved in designing appropriate planting for the available verges which will incorporate semi mature trees, such as oak trees, and more low level planting with the aim of producing a woodland feel.
The planting will come forwards throughout the year as the plants are introduced at the appropriate time to give them the best opportunity to thrive. It is envisaged that the final wave of planting will be completed in October 2019.
Why the work took place?
There is a plan for growth in the borough which started in 2006 and runs to 2026. This includes building new homes as well as regenerating the town centre.
As vehicle numbers increase along the A329 London Road, the existing road layout will continue to struggle to cope with the demand. By making these changes we will be in a better position to manage traffic flow and journey times along this main route in the borough.
Growth is dependent on the provision of necessary infrastructure including capacity improvements to many of the junctions along Bracknell's strategic corridors including the A329.
To support this, a transport study was carried out to identify the extent of improvements needed. The study highlighted a number of roads and junctions that would require improvement against the predicted traffic growth in 2026. This included the London Road (A329) as one of these roads and, in particular, the Martins Heron roundabout as one of these junctions.
How the work was funded?
Working with the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership we were able to include the London Road corridor as part of the Thames Valley Strategic Economic Plan, which listed improving movement between the M3 and M4 as one of its objectives.
As a result, Bracknell was awarded £2.9 million funding towards improvements to the A329 London Road including the signalisation of the Martins Heron roundabout. This funding was awarded as part of the government’s Local Growth Fund, which is aimed at creating economic growth such as unlocking housing and commercial development.