NEARLY £10 million is to be spent on constructing a new park and ride, as well as expanding another, in the Wokingham borough.

The council announced the plans to build a new Park and Ride at Coppid Beech Park and Ride in Wokingham, as well as construction of a second deck of parking spaces to the site at Winnersh Triangle on Friday, January 22.

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Work to build on the two sites is set to begin in February - overall, the construction of the new park and ride space on Coppid Beech is expected to cost about £3 million, and the extension on the Winnersh Triangle Park and Ride, Winnersh, is expected to cost a further £6.8 million.

Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways and transport, said: “We’re investing in infrastructure across the borough and both these park and ride projects have been backed with significant funding due to the benefits they will bring.

“These projects are part of our work to accelerate the reduction of congestion on key transport routes across the borough.

"The links with existing bus services mean our residents will be able to travel easily to where they want to go in an environmentally responsible way."

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The funds for these projects have been partially raised with the support of Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), donating £6.6 million to the constructions, which are also intended to hep the council towards its goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.

Bob Mountain, vice chair of the Berkshire Local Transport Body added: “We are delighted that these schemes are now underway and that the contribution from the LEP’s Local Growth Fund will help ease congestion for commuters and residents in the Wokingham and Bracknell area."

The Coppid Beech site is expected to be complete by the end of 2021or the start of 2022, and the Winnersh Triangle car park is expected to be complete by early 2022.

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