28 Jun £2.4 bid for new park & ride at Coppid Beech Bracknell
A bid for £2.4 million to help fund a new park & ride at Coppid Beech has been submitted to Thames Valley Berkshire LEP.
If approved, the money will go towards the £3m Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) development of a 300-space park & ride at the Coppid Beech roundabout.
Nick Hardy, who heads up the Bracknell office for Page Hardy Harris commented, ‘This will complement the redevelopment of Wokingham town centre and ease traffic congestion’.
It is one of two schemes to increase and improve park & ride in the Wokingham borough. The other, which already has £3m funding from the LEP in place, is a £3.6m scheme to extend and improve Winnersh Triangle park & ride. Both are expected to be completed in 2020. The Coppid Beech park & ride is designed to improve access to both Wokingham and Bracknell town centres by relieving congestion on the road network in east Wokingham. It could also lead to a bus link to Twyford station in the future.
The Winnersh Triangle improvements involve building an extra deck at the park & ride site at Winnersh Triangle station to add around 150 spaces. There will also be a number of improvements to the station building and surrounding area as well as alterations to the road layout.
Frasers Centrepoint, which owns the business park at Winnersh Triangle, plans more intensive use of its 85-acre site and the council wants to boost the station’s role as a ‘parkway’ and an increasingly important transport hub.
Cllr Keith Baker, executive member for highways and transport for WBC said: ” Wokingham Borough Council strongly believes that a thriving economic community is based on many things including good public services. A key component of this is a good park & ride service in appropriate locations. The council already have two such facilities in operation and are building another. This application will provide a fourth, completing a network of park & rides.”
Source: Thames Tap