Canal tow path

WBC Spring Report 2022

Campaigns

The West Berks Cycle Forum met on 18 January.

Extension/s to the Eling Way

Extentions to Eling WayThe extensions are viewed as being part of the Newbury–Didcot link connecting large villages in West Berkshire.

WBC sees a real opportunity to build on the momentum that the completion of the initial section of route has generated, coupled with the highlighting of this ‘missing link’ in the prospectus for transport projects prepared recently by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

A feasibility study has been carried out by Sustrans looking at routes to extend the Eling Way south from Hermitage to Newbury and northwards from Hampstead Norreys to Compton. WBC will seek to engage with stakeholders and actively explore funding sources. It will be discussed further at the next Forum meeting.

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) and Active Travel Fund

Several cycle lane schemes in Newbury and Thatcham are being developed as part of these initiatives.

A4 London Road/new Lidl, Newbury

Scheme completion anticipated in February 2022, before the store opens.

A4 Western Avenue (Brummell Road to Waitrose roundabout), Newbury/Speen

Work on this site was programmed to start on Monday 24 January. Expected duration is 12 weeks.

https://westernavenuecyclewaysphase2.commonplace.is/

A4/Crown Mead, Thatcham

https://crownmeadcyclewaysphase2.commonplace.is/

Andover Road (Wendan Road to St Johns Post Office), Newbury

https://westberksatroutes.commonplace.is

Kennet & Avon Canal Towpath & Related Improvements

Canal tow pathThere was discussion about improvements to the Kennet and Avon towpath, at Aldermaston Wharf, Ham Bridge and Monkey Bridge. The towpath is the responsibility of the Canal and River Trust.

Next meeting of the West Berks Cycle Forum, Tuesday 22 March.

If there are any matters relating to cycling and active travel in West Berkshire you would like raised, contact Rob Hill on wbc@readingcyclecampaign.org.uk

Rob Hill
WBC Campaigner for RCC

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