Have your say on plans for Bath Road and Castle Hill walking and cycling improvements

We are encouraging people to have their say on proposals for better cycling and walking routes on the Bath Road and Castle Hill - including fully segregated cycle lanes - as part of the next stage of Reading’s Active Travel schemes.

We are looking at ways to improve cycling, walking and public transport on the Bath Road between Berkeley Avenue and Castle Hill/IDR roundabout; including the provision of safe, dedicated cycle lanes and new pedestrian crossing facilities.

We are now seeking further feedback specifically around the scheme’s traffic restriction measures, such as reducing an existing bus lane and removal of one lane on Castle Hill and Bath Road to accommodate a new segregated cycle lane.

This follows on from a previous consultation in July 2022, where we have taken on board feedback.

The consultation is from Thursday 2 February, until 23:59 on Thursday 23 February 2023.

You can have your say online at: https://www.reading.gov.uk/BathRoad

For more information or alternative formats, email transport@reading.gov.uk

The current consultation details the following proposals:

  • The implementation of traffic restrictions in the form of double yellow lines along Castle Hill between its junction with Russell Street with Jesse Terrace.
  • Alteration to the length of the existing eastbound bus lane on Bath Road to accommodate two segregated cycle lanes.
  • Removal of Tidal Flow (extra central lane) on Castle Hill to redistribute the space to provide two segregated cycle lanes at the edge of the highway.
  • Changes to capacity in areas of bay parking in Permit Holders Only zones to provide extra protection to cyclists in the new segregated lane.

Find out more about this scheme on the project page and on Reading’s Active Travel programme here: www.reading.gov.uk/activetravel  and follow the link for Tranche 3 – Bath Road / Castle Hill.

Following this consultation, the plan will be to refine and update the designs further and work will then begin in summer 2023. For an overview of all the Active Travel projects in Reading in map form, visit: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1GMd2yd6lK7xb9xyn2_V5Y3wz469BJ7w&usp=sharing

Last updated on 03/02/2023