THE first traffic is making use of a newly-opened road following a £5m project in Warfield.

Ellison Road opened for the first time on October 26 with a ceremony attended by Bracknell Forest councillors.

The link road includes a shared-use foot and cycle path, which will complement the pedestrian and bike paths which are being provided around Woodhurst Park to promote sustainable transport in the area.

It was funded by Berkeley Homes and the Local Enterprise Partnership, with the support of Bracknell Forest Council (BFC).

Andrew Saunders-Davies, chairman of Berkeley Homes for Oxford & Chiltern, said: “We are excited to see this new road opening, with the advantages it will bring to people in the local area.

"It will make cycling to work easier and reduce congestion and journey times for those who need to drive.

"At Berkeley we are about more than just building homes; we build communities and deliver vital infrastructure.

"By putting funding towards this vitally important road, we are helping to create a sustainable, long-term future for this part of Bracknell.”

The road scheme was judged by BFC in its Business Case report as being vital to its plans to eventually provide more than 2,000 homes in the Warfield area, as well attracting new businesses to the region to create around 16,500 new jobs.

Berkeley Home’s Woodhurst Park development is set includes a variety of homes, with one, two and three-bedroom apartments, three-bedroom coach houses and three and four-bedroom homes.

It is less than two miles from Bracknell Station and the newly-regenerated town centre.

Mr Saunders-Davies added: “We think that Woodhurst Park offers the best of both worlds in terms of being in quiet, rural surroundings yet within easy reach of amenities.

“The opening of the Warfield Link Road means it is even easier to get around, making the area more desirable for both commuters and those who simply want a peaceful place in beautiful countryside to set up home.”