Wokingham traffic shots for a direct link to the M4 which has seen houses destroyed only to make sure that never happens
The town’s IDR is one of the most infamous aspects of life in Reading. Everyone knows it, a lot of people don’t care and very few people like it.
It’s now an integral part of the fabric of the city and, as the one-way plan proved years ago, we are apparently stuck with it.
It’s not a thing of beauty and its crisscross design entering and exiting Castle Street remains confusing to people from out of town.
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It seems unlikely these days that anyone will want their own version. But in the 1970s, in the nearby town of Wokingham, it did.
The Wokingham IDR was one of two incredible plans that emerged after the completion of the A329M. In 1975 plans were put in place to have an interior distribution route around Wokingham town center.
He arrived at the stage where Berkshire County Council had purchased land to build it.
The authority had also bought some of the houses that would have been hampered by the grand plan and demolished them.
He reportedly ran from Langborough Road in the west of the city to London Road in the east with the idea of ââkeeping traffic out of the city center.
However, the plans never materialized and many people in the city said it wouldn’t have made any difference without the addition of another major road project.
It was a scaled-down version of the Ashridge interchange.
The foreground would have seen the creation of a road connecting Wokingham directly to the M4. However, the idea caused such a fury among the people of Wokingham that it was abandoned by the government.
The Wokingham Society has called it “a dagger in the heart of Wokingham”.
Neither plan happened.
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A Wokingham Times column by then-editor Adam McKinlay said: âThis newspaper has long campaigned for possible pedestrianization (a horrible sounding word, but meaning ‘get that damn car out of the way. the town ‘) of Wokingham.
“It can be done, and the plan as it stands now is at least a step on the road.”
This column is now almost 50 years old and traffic still circulates in Wokingham town center, with any kind of road works or accident causing massive queues in all directions.
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