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Coronavirus information

Active travel and social distancing

With social distancing measures likely to remain in place for some considerable time in response to the Covid 19 pandemic, the Council has moved to design a series of schemes to create more space for pedestrians and cyclists, which recognises the severe restrictions on the capacity of local public transport.

This follows the Government guidance of 9th May in which the Secretary of State said: "The Government therefore expects local authorities to make significant changes to their road layouts to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians. Such changes will help embed altered behaviours and demonstrate the positive effects of active travel."

The government created an emergency fund, ringfenced for installing such temporary measures and we have been successful in securing this funding based on concept initiatives across the borough. We have prioritised the development of these concepts into detailed proposals over a relatively short period of time and are now rolling out the delivery of these schemes, working closely with contractors, suppliers and manufacturers of specialist products.

These schemes are temporary and the amount of time they are in place will be determined through continuous monitoring and close review of the latest government advice regarding the pandemic. We will review the effectiveness of the temporary schemes, with consideration about whether a number of the initiatives could become permanent schemes.

Their impact on residents and the traveling public will be a key part of any review, alongside the Council's existing commitment of supporting the recovery of the local economy, tackling the climate emergency by creating a net zero carbon Reading by 2030 and the new Local Transport Strategy, which prioritises tackling poor air quality and congestion. The proposed schemes will also benefit the health and wellbeing of local residents by making it easier for them to walk or cycle when getting around town.

You can provide feedback on the types of schemes we should be considering using www.widenmypath.com.

Completed and upcoming works

The Council quickly implemented temporary signs and markings throughout the town centre, reminding visitors about the need to socially distance. Similar measures are a being rolled out to other busy local centres across the town. Temporary, advisory cycle lanes have also been implemented across Reading Bridge to provide an additional cycle link across the Thames by removing one lane of traffic.

Active Travel Schemes that have been completed or substantially completed by the end of July:

  • George Street, Reading bridge - reallocation road space to create new cycle facilities.
  • Southampton Street, Silver Street & Mount Pleasant- reallocation road space to create new cycle facilities
  • Sidmouth Street - temporary one-way restriction and lane closure to provide a segregated two-way cycle lane.

By the end of August 2020, we hope to have substantially completed implementation of the following temporary schemes:

  • Whitley Street - reallocation road space to create new cycle facilities
  • Gosbrook Road and Westfield Road - temporary one-way restrictions, reduced speed limits and lane closure to provide more space for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Oxford Road - reallocation road space to create new cycle facilities

Further schemes will follow shortly afterward, including cycle improvements on Redlands Road and Christchurch Road.

These schemes are being developed in a dynamic and fast-track way and content on this webpage will evolve accordingly. It is intended that this page be a resource for viewing design drawings and linking the background to these schemes. We are prioritising the swift delivery of these important schemes, but once we are in a position to produce more presentable - and less operational - scheme drawings, we will add these to the page.

Scheme drawings

pdf icon Gosbrook Road/Westfield Road drawing [286kb]

pdf icon Oxford Road (Tilehurst) Drawings [1Mb]

pdf icon Reading Bridge and George Street [913kb]

pdf icon Redlands Road drawings [5Mb]

pdf icon Sidmouth Street Drawing [472kb]

pdf icon Silver St_Mount Pleasant Drawings [873kb]

pdf icon Southampton Street Drawing [920kb]

pdf icon Whitley Street Drawing [178kb]

 

Further information

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