Saturday, 14 May 2016

New Whiteknights Scheme Reduces Road Closures

Whiteknights Reservoir At The University
A REVISED scheme to carry out major improvement works to Whiteknights Reservoir at the University without the need to shut Whiteknights Road for four months will go before Reading Council’s Planning Committee this summer.

This week the council submitted revised proposals for an amended scheme which will allow the road to remain open for the majority of the works, minimising what would have been significant disruption for drivers, bus passengers, cyclists and pedestrians. 

Whiteknights Lake is a 70,000m3 capacity reservoir positioned in the main University of Reading campus. While the reservoir sits in Wokingham, it borders Whiteknights Road and by law Reading Borough Council is responsible for it's upkeep.

Council officers are now proposing a revised scheme which not only avoids a four month road closure, but also brings with it significant savings to the public purse. Professional advice is that the revised scheme will ensure the immediate area can cope with what is called a ‘1 in 1000 year’ flood event.

The proposed cost of the revised scheme is estimated at between £ 600,000 and £650,000 which will be covered from planned resources identified in the Council’s capital programme. 

It is anticipated that the works will start in mid-August and be completed early December 2016.

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