Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Called in proposal to widen A4 between Royal Ave and Langley Hill

West Berkshire Council is proposing to widen the A4 between Royal Avenue and Langley Hill, Calcot. Although they are proposing to widen it to four lanes in width, they are proposing that there will only be one lane eastbound (towards Reading). There would be two lanes westbound and one lane dedicated to right-turning traffic. Detains of the proposal can be found here.

I have "called in" the decision to be re-considered by the council's Overview and Scrutiny Commission for the following reasons.
  1. The proposal does not address the problem of eastbound congestion at peak times
  2. It does not address the problem caused by eastbound traffic generated by the proposed IKEA store at Calcot, particularly at store closing time
  3. The concerns of Tilehurst Parish Council are not addressed, either in the proposal or in the consultation responses.
The commission can decide to refer the decision back to the Executive Member for Highways and Transport  (who took the decision) with recommendations for changes, or can concur with the decision.

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