Prue Bray

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Winnersh ward

What’s happening on the railway bridge in Robin Hood Lane?

September 12th, 2014 by pruebray
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railway bridge path for webWokingham Borough Council is doing work on the footbridge part of the railway bridge by Winnersh station in Robin Hood Lane, to replace the steps with a slope, so that wheelchairs and buggies etc can cross the bridge on that side of the road.  This is a longstanding ambition of the borough councillors, parish council and the Neighbourhood Action Group, who have all been asking the council to make the change.

The work started a week late, in August (thanks Network Rail for holding it up).  It has been going on very very slowly ever since.  And the bad news is that it is probably not going to be finished for another 5 weeks.

It should have taken about 10 working days.  Finally I have got to the bottom of why it is still dragging on.  Because the footway has been redone, they could not keep the existing parapet. So they ordered a replacement.  And the manufacturers made the replacement to the wrong specification.  So now they have to make it all over again.

Clearly the footbridge can’t be used without having something along the side to stop people falling off it onto the tracks below.  The council tried to come up with a temporary solution but can’t find one that will work.  So the bridge has to remain out of use until the new permanent parapet is ready.

I have been assured that the council will not incur any additional costs as a result of the delay.  I have asked whether they can get some money back for the poor performance of the contractors, which I think is what should happen.

News of M4 closures in August

July 31st, 2014 by pruebray
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I have just received the following message from the Highways Agency relating to Junctions 10 to 12:

“Please be advised that full overnight closures of the M4 east and westbound carriageways will be taking place during week commencing 11 August to reconnect the communication sensors and finish sections of resurfacing to the westbound carriageway, which could not be completed using lane closures only.

The programme of closures are as follows:

1. Monday 11 August – Westbound closure between 10pm and 6am
2. Tuesday 12 August – Westbound closure between 11pm and 6am (this closure will be from 11pm due to a match at the Madejski Stadium)
3. Wednesday 13 August – Westbound closure between 10pm and 6am
4. Thursday 14 August – Eastbound closure between 10pm and 6am
5. Friday 15 August – Eastbound closure between 10pm and 6am

Should you require any further information regarding this scheme, please contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 or email them at [email protected] Alternatively please visit the scheme webpage at www.highways.gov.uk/roads”

A329(M) works start TODAY

July 23rd, 2014 by pruebray
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Just a reminder that the roadworks on the A329(M) start later today and run until 2nd September.   There will be a contraflow for part of the route.

There will be NO ENTRANCE OR EXIT at Winnersh if you are going to/from Reading, but you will be able to get on/off at Winnersh to go to the M4 or Bracknell. Long delays are expected.   There are lots of warning signs up on the routes leading to the A329(M).A329M works

The partial junction closure  affects the park and ride bus too – going to Reading it has its own entrance, but coming back it can’t get off at Winnersh.  I think they are proposing to come down Wokingham Road instead, as alternative is to go all the way to Coppid Beech and turn round and come back up to Winnersh.

To add to everyone’s misery, a utility company will be digging up the centre of Twyford from 28th July, meaning disruption there as well…..

Grass-cutting – any questions?

July 15th, 2014 by pruebray
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How often – and how well -Wokingham Borough Council cuts the grass on the verges and in the parks is a hot topic at the moment.  As it was last year.  For the same reasons.  Which are generally around people thinking grass is too long, and wondering whether the cutting is actually being done when it is supposed to be.

I had been saying for a while that it would be a big step forward if we could find out when the grass was SUPPOSED to be cut.  We haven’t got qite that far yet, but a list of when the grass was last cut is now available on the council website here and from that you can estimate when it is due to be cut again, which will be approximately 6 weeks later.

There is also a petition running demanding that the council cuts the grass more often.  You can find out about it on the getwokingham website

The petition itself is on the council website under “improving Wokingham’s green spaces”

Personally I am not sure whether cutting the grass more often is the answer, or whether what’s needed is a different distribution of the existing mowing to do more in the Spring and early Summer.   Or maybe the answer is to leave some areas to be cut less often.  One thing is certain, the council doesn’t have a great deal of money to spare, so they are unlikely to favour a solution that costs more.

Because this is a hot topic, it has been added to the agenda for the Overview & Scrutiny Management Committee for 28th July.  This committee, as the name suggests, scrutinises council services, and among other things, tries to come up with ideas to improve them.   This is a public meeting, so if you are interested in grass-cutting, come along to the Council Offices at 7.30 pm on 28th and listen to what’s said.  If you want to ask a question yourself, you can, but you have to submit it in writing.  You can wait for the agenda to be published – it will be on the council website on the 21st or 22nd, look for it at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/council/meetings/minutes/ – and once you have read what’s in the report, you can submit your question to [email protected], by  10 am on Friday 25th July.  You only get to submit one question, but if you come to the meeting, you can ask a follow-up question on the night.

If you don’t want to ask a question yourself, but have something you would like answered, you can get in touch with me, and I will try and get it answered for you.  Add a comment below this post and I’ll pick it up.

Spotted any blocked drains lately?

July 8th, 2014 by pruebray
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Not a lot of people know this but…..

If you are travelling around Wokingham Borough and you spot a drain at the side of the road that seems to be blocked, you can report it by emailing [email protected] making sure you give a good description of where the drain is.

The drainage team will action your request and get the drain cleared.  Usually this is done within 48 hours.    If there is general flooding etc it will take longer.

The [email protected] email address should NOT be used to report flooding, as it is not constantly monitored.

You can find some background information on what to do in the event of a flood here.

Forthcoming works on the M4

June 11th, 2014 by pruebray
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Had some information from the Highways Agency about forthcoming roadworks on the M4 locally.  Please note, some of them appear to overlap with the period 23rd July – 3rd September, when Wokingham Borough Council is planning major works on the A 329 (M).  So there is a  possibility of extra delays.

M4 Junction 8/9 to 10 Resurfacing
Works: Resurfacing approximately 3 miles of the M4 east and westbound carriageways between Junction 10 (Wokingham) and Shurlock Row
Dates: 13 June to 9 July on the eastbound carriageway and 18 June to 3 July on the westbound carriageway
Traffic Management: Work on the eastbound carriageway will be undertaken using overnight lane closures, and work on the westbound carriageway will be undertaken using full overnight road closures. During the closures a clearly signed diversion route will be in place along the A404(M), A4 and A329(M) – this route is approximately 16 miles and we would advise you allow an additional 15 to 20 minutes to your journey time depending on your final destination
Webpage: www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/m4-j89-to-10-resurfacing

M4 Junctions 8/9 to 10 Drainage Maintenance
Works: Work will involve maintenance to the filter drainage and kerbing, re-profiling the verges and repairing drainage defects
Dates: Tuesday 1 July to mid-November 2014
Traffic Management: The hard-shoulder will be closed 24 hours a day and there will be overnight lane closures on both the east and westbound carriageways

M4 Junctions 10 to 11 Bridge Refurbishment
Works: Work will involve replacing the joints, re-waterproofing and resurfacing the Southern Region Railway Bridge, the A329 Reading Road Bridge, the B3030 King Street Lane Bridge and the Mill Lane Bridge
Dates: July to November 2014
Traffic Management: There will be a 24 hour contraflow system with narrow lanes and a speed restriction on both the east and westbound carriageways, overnight lane closures and occasional full overnight slip road closures at Junction 10
Webpage: www.highways.gov.uk/m4winnershbridges

M4 Junction 10 Congestion Improvement Scheme
Works: A scheme will be taking place to improve the merges from the M4 slip roads onto the A329(M) at junction 10
Dates: Summer 2014 to Spring 2015
Traffic Management: Confirmed details of the traffic management requirements will be available on the scheme webpage at a later date
Webpage: www.highways.gov.uk/m4j10

Please be aware that the dates for all these schemes have been carefully programmed but may change due to circumstances beyond our control (e.g. adverse weather, unplanned emergency works).

Overnight closures of the motorways and slip roads will be carefully planned to keep overall disruption to a minimum. Advance warning of the confirmed closure dates will be displayed on black and yellow signs along the M4 and A329(M).

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