Red Route

Background

Between 12th June 2017 and 21st July 2017, we conducted an informal consultation, to consider implementing a Red Route along the bus route number 17. A Red Route is a 'no stopping' restriction which has been successfully used on major bus routes in London for many years, helping keep key public transport moving and preventing delays for bus passengers and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

The scope of the proposal was to consider a combination of double-red and single-red lines to largely mirror the existing yellow-line restrictions and create a corridor 'no-stopping' restriction. Existing parking and loading bays along the route were to be maintained and additional facilities provided, where possible.

Double red lines will mean no vehicles can stop at any time which includes loading and unloading, although there are some exceptions, such as hackney carriages, private-hire vehicles and blue badge holders, who are permitted to stop to allow boarding and alighting. Single red lines will mean that drivers will be able to stop or park in accordance with the signed restriction.

The red route restrictions can be enforced by CCTV cameras, enabling efficient management of the inappropriate stopping movements that disrupt traffic flow and create obstacles and hazards for cyclists and pedestrians.

Implementation

In September 2017, our Traffic Management Sub-Committee gave approval for this to be implemented as an experimental Traffic Regulation Order, which will be divided into 3 sections - West, East and Central.

Promoting the scheme on an experimental Order allows for flexibility with the scheme, as it enables minor changes to be made to the restrictions once they are in place - it therefore allows us to shape the restriction to best accommodate local needs.

After the initial 6 months of the experimental order, the Sub-Committee will be required to consider any objections received and to decide whether or not to continue with the scheme. The experimental order can last for a maximum of 18 months.

We are proposing to implement the East section first, shortly followed by the Western section, then the Town Centre.

Information and Feedback

This webpage contains a number of documents to assist in the understanding of the scheme and the detail of the Red Route restrictions. Detailed plans of the scheme will be added as each section is implemented.

The experimental nature of this restriction means that we will be reviewing feedback over a minimum period of 6 months, following implementation of the route. Your views are important to us and we'd be grateful to receive your feedback and any suggestions that you may have for local alterations to the scheme.

Should you wish to comment, support or object to the restrictions, please do so by writing to highway.objections@reading.gov.uk. Please include 'Red Route - East', 'Red Route - West' or 'Red Route - Centre' in the email subject line and provide the reasons for any objections to the scheme.

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