Barriers removed from Rectory Road

Rectory Road returns today to two lanes following the removal of the red and white traffic barriers on Sunday evening.

Phil Cunnington, Norreys Ward Conservative candidate for the borough elections in May 2021, said: "This is good news. I have been lobbying Cllr Jorgensen for these to be removed from Rectory Rd and more.

"The welcome to the town is traffic jams caused by unnecessary lines of red and white barriers - no welcome at all. It says 'Wokingham is closed."

"Peach Street must be unleashed as soon as possible, I will not stop lobbying until they are.

"Our beleaguered shopkeepers need to see that they are supported by encouraging their customers to return to our Town."

Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways and transport, said: “The barriers were originally installed to create more space for pedestrians to walk into town safely and as part of the wider measures to help reduce traffic speeds across the town centre.

“Over the last few months we have continued to monitor usage and believe now is the right time to remove the barriers on Rectory Road.

"With more people returning to the office, and schools reopened, we are keen to return the road to two lane traffic to provide additional capacity. The remaining town centre restrictions continue to remain under review and will be removed at the appropriate times.”