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Find out about Ash Road Bridge

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Project description

The Ash Road Bridge scheme is an important infrastructure project. It is part of the Council's Local Plan (Policy A31). It will enable housing that has been allocated in the Local Plan to come forward. The scheme will close Ash level crossing. The closure will improve safety for local residents and users of Ash train station. It will also reduce traffic congestion in the area.

The scheme will encourage traffic off of rural roads. Traffic currently use rural roads to avoid the level crossing. It will remove the safety hazard posed by the present level crossing. Network Rail consider the level crossing as a medium-high risk. There have been some recorded incidents of misuse by vehicles and pedestrians.

The scheme will end the existing traffic congestion hotspot. The level crossing causes delays to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. The level crossing closes around eight times an hour or 150 times a day. This currently amounts to closure periods of up to 25 minutes per hour. Delays are likely to increase with the planned enhancement of passenger train services. The Gatwick to Reading route enhancements are already underway.

The scheme is still subject to final detailed design. It will include the construction of a new road bridge over the railway line south of Ash Station. A pedestrian footbridge with disabled access will also be constructed.

Benefits

  • delivers an infrastructure need in the Local Plan. Enables housing to be delivered
  • improves safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. Removing the hazard posed by the present level crossing
  • removes delays for the local community by easing traffic congestion
  • helps reduce traffic cutting through residential and rural roads to avoid the level crossing
  • alleviates increased traffic from committed housing developments in Ash and Tongham

Timeline

  • January 2021: Approval of Planning Application for the Road Bridge
  • February 2021: Commencement of the Road Bridge Detailed Design and Site Surveys
  • Winter 2021/2022: Road Bridge construction due to start
  • Spring/Summer 2023: Ash Road Bridge due to open and Ash Level Crossing closed to motor vehicles

Footbridge

A planning application for a footbridge next to Ash Station is currently in progress. It is due to be submitted in 2021. As part of this process, consultation events will be held.

The delivery of the footbridge and road bridge will enable the closure of the Ash level crossing. The footbridge and full closure of the level crossing can only happen once the road bridge is constructed. This is to divert motor vehicles away from the Ash level crossing.

Upcoming investigation works at Ash Station level crossing

  • Monday 25 April - Friday 6 May 2022 works will start at 09.30am to 3.30pm daily
  • Sunday 15 May 2022 works will start at 0.01am to 7.00am
  • Sunday 22 May and Sunday 29 May 2022 works will start at 0.01am to 7.00am

Works will include: 

  • temporary 2-way traffic lights on Foreman Road
  • stop/go boards near to Ash level crossing
  • CCTV surveys of the drainage below the railway. This is to identify the cause of poor highway draining in the area
  • Network Rail track surveys. This is to see track levels, signal sighting and condition of the tracks

Further information and guidance on upcoming investigation works

  • call Balfour Beatty helpline on 0800 121 4444
  • e-mail ARBProject@balfourbeatty.com . You will need to put "Ash Road Bridge Project" as the subject heading