Cllr Rachel Burgess speaking in Council 23 January 2023
Cllr Rachel Burgess speaking in Council 23 January 2023

Older people are scared to walk on the pavements outside their own front doors due to the speed of traffic and the number of crashes at the junction of Rectory Road and Wiltshire Road in Wokingham town.

Last year, Cllr Rachel Burgess presented a resident petition calling for safety measures at this junction, and in January asked a public question at a Full Council meeting to call for action to be taken.

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Rachel challenged the executive member for Active Travel and Highways asking “What can we do now as a Council to ensure we are not in the position where we have to wait for a serious injury or worse to occur before anything is done?

Recent accidents are currently being reviewed to determine causation. In the longer term there are proposed plans within the Council’s Local Walking and Cycling Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP), a consultation on which occurred last year. This consultation included significant positive changes to this junction including adding traffic lights, reducing pedestrian crossing distances and reducing the speed limit on Rectory Rd and Wiltshire Rd to 20 miles per hour.

In the meantime, Rachel will continue to press for safety measures at this site.

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