Last week, the University of Reading shared their new plans for building an access road in Shinfield. This follows their previous event for the Natural History Museum research centre in Thames Valley Science Park where they displayed their proposal for the building.

The road will lead from the west of the site and will be used to allow deliveries into the rear of the building. It will also allow safer access for pedestrians, cyclists, and traffic to and from the research centre.

During the first event, some members of the public spoke to The Chronicle about their concerns regarding the proposed Road.

Local resident Margaret Capel said: “My worry is the amount of traffic. It is already a struggle in the mornings to get anywhere. It took me 15 minutes to drive a mile the other day.”

The road will run east from Cutbush Lane and will be accessed via a new roundabout at the north-western frontage of the building. The impact on traffic will form part of the planning application to Wokingham Borough Council.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading Professor Robert Van de Noort said: “The University’s support for the museum project is part of our commitment to the economy and society of Wokingham and Reading, through innovation and world-class research.”

He continued: “This access road is an important infrastructure development that will allow people, and millions of scientific specimens, to get to the museum site safely.”