WORK on Bracknell town centre's roads to enable the town's regeneration will start on March 10.
The first part of the work will be: • Reversing the direction of traffic on High Street, to flow from its junction with The Ring to its junction with Market Street, where there will be a new traffic signalled junction.
• Preparations to change the final section of The Ring where it joins Weather Way to two-way traffic to keep Easthampstead House open.
Bus routes will follow the change in traffic flow and new bus stops will be provided. Some footpaths will be closed during the works, but through routes will be maintained, as will pedestrian access to businesses.
As soon as the initial work has been completed - which is due to be finished in May - the work will then move on to: • Closing The Ring permanently from its junction with High Street to the entrance of Easthampstead House car park. At this point Bond Way, near the new Waitrose store, will become a cul-de sac.
• Diverting service mains and the demolition of Broadway Bridge, located on the closed section of The Ring.
Cllr Chris Turrell, executive member for planning and transport, said: "We've been working hard on preparatory work for the changes to the town centre's roads for some months and now we are ready to start making physical changes. The initial work is due to start on or soon after March 10 and last for about two months. Businesses will be open as usual, pedestrian routes will be maintained and we will work to keep inconvenience to a minimum."