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Major work on A322 in Bracknell gets underway

Picture credited to Bracknell Forest Council

Work is beginning in Bracknell today to turn Downshire Way into a dual carriageway.

It means the A322 will be reduced to a 30 mile per hour zone to protect road users and workers.

The right turn into Old Bracknell Lane West is also affected.

Once complete, the council says the scheme will contribute towards:

  • more reliable journey times
  • the ability for local residents to move more easily around the local road network,
  • reduced congestion which in turn improves air quality
  • improved landscaping wherever achievable (such as trees and planting)
  • a fully renewed road surface, free from defects, which will reduce noise pollution

The scheme will begin with the set-up of the working site and removal of the affected trees.

Tree experts have been consulted to determine which trees will be affected with the aim of saving as many trees as possible.

The majority of mature trees are to remain but some along the 900m length of Downshire Way will need to be removed to accommodate the widening works.

Councillor Chris Turrell, executive member for planning and transport said:

“We are dedicated to improving the local road network for our residents by reducing congestion, renewing roads and making it easier to get around.

“The A322 Downshire Way improvement scheme will not only contribute towards more reliable journeys but will also provide environmental benefits.

“We will ensure that all work is undertaken as quickly as possible to minimise disruption to road users.”

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