£9m of residential road improvements in Reading announced

Update – 31/3/21

Surfacing and remedials has now been completed on all of the roads in the main micro asphalt programme. Sweeping and ironwork adjustments are continuing and a weekly progress update will be provided.

The next stage will be to surface the hand lay and grip fibre sites. The hand lay is expected to start in late April and an update will be provided before this commences. The grip fibre sites will be surfaced in early summer, dates to be confirmed.

You can check the progress of the road surfacing project on this map.

Scheduled works

Programme numberStreetWardScheduled dateStatus
1Crescent Road Tilehurst3 March for 2 daysSurfacing & road markings completed – sweeping, raising ironworks to follow
2Hartslock WayKentwood3 March for 2 days Surfacing & road markings completed – sweeping, raising ironworks to follow
3Peppard RoadThames3 March for 3 days Surfacing & road markings completed – sweeping, raising ironworks to follow (service road in front of 13-45)
4Newlands Avenue Thames4 March for 4 days (includes weekends) Surfacing & road markings completed – sweeping, raising ironworks to follow
5Eric AvenuePeppard5 March for 3 days (includes weekends) Surfacing & road markings completed – sweeping, raising ironworks to follow
6Prince’s StreetAbbey7 March for 2 days (includes weekends) Surfacing & road markings completed – sweeping, raising ironworks to follow
7Haldane Road Thames 7 March for 3 days (includes weekends) Surfacing & road markings completed – sweeping, raising ironworks to follow
8Cavendish Road Peppard8 March for 2 daysPostponed due to concerns about road surface now included in ‘grip fibre sites’
9Lynmouth Road Abbey8 March for 3 days Surfacing & road markings completed – sweeping, raising ironworks to follow
10Sackville StreetAbbey24 March for 2 days Surfacing & road markings completed – sweeping, raising ironworks to follow
11Cambridge StreetBattle9 March for 3 days Surfacing & road markings completed – sweeping, raising ironworks to follow
12 Boston AvenueMinster10 March for 3 days Surfacing & road markings completed – sweeping, raising ironworks to follow
13Castle CrescentMinster11 March for 3 days (not including weekends)Surfacing completed – sweeping, raising ironworks & road markings to follow
14Baker StreetAbbey11 March for 4 days (not including weekends) Surfacing completed – sweeping, raising ironworks & road markings to follow
15Denmark RoadRedlands15 March for 2 days Surfacing completed – sweeping, raising ironworks & road markings to follow
16Sun StreetAbbey/Park15 March for 4 days Surfacing completed – sweeping, raising ironworks & road markings to follow
17Edgehill StreetKatesgrove16 March for 3 days Surfacing completed – sweeping, raising ironworks & road markings to follow
18Clent RoadKatesgrove25 March for 2 days Surfacing & road markings completed – sweeping, raising ironworks to follow
19Canterbury RoadKatesgrove17 March for 5 days (includes weekends) Surfacing completed – sweeping, raising ironworks & road markings to follow
20Honiton RoadWhitley 20 March for 2 days (includes weekends) Surfacing completed – sweeping, raising ironworks & road markings to follow
21Torrington RoadChurch 20 March for 2 days (includes weekends) Surfacing completed – sweeping, raising ironworks & road markings to follow
22Modbury GardensChurch 21 March for 3 days (includes weekends) Surfacing completed – sweeping, raising ironworks & road markings to follow
23Barnsdale RoadChurch 22 March for 2 days Surfacing completed – sweeping, raising ironworks & road markings to follow
24Chagford RoadWhitley 22 March for 3 days Surfacing completed – sweeping, raising ironworks & road markings to follow
25Alma StreetBattle 23 March for 3 days Surfacing completed – sweeping, raising ironworks & road markings to follow
26Cranborne GardensKentwood23 March for 3 daysSurfacing completed – sweeping, raising ironworks & road markings to follow

Phase 1 Remedial sites from 2020

Programme
number
RoadScheduled dateStatus
27Chiltern Road (remedial)25 March for 2 daysCompleted
28Corwen Road (remedial) 25 March for 3 days (no weekend working) Completed
29Wolsey Road (remedial) 25 March for 3 days (no weekend working) Completed
30Falkland Road (remedial) 26 March for 2 days (no weekend working)Completed
31Upper Warren Avenue (remedial) 26 March for 3 days (no weekend working) Completed
32Paddock Road (remedial) 26 March for 3 days (no weekend working) Completed
33Swallowfield Drive (remedial)26 March for 3 days (no weekend working) Completed

Hand-lay sites

  • Poplar Gardens – Church – TBC
  • Piggott’s Road – Caversham – TBC
  • Manchester Road (parking areas only) – TBC

Grip-fibre sites

StreetWardDateStatus
Elgar Road South KatesgroveTBC To be done by Eurovia but delayed till spring / summer as specialist material requires warmer weather to lay
New Lane Hill  Norcot / Southcote / Tilehurst TBCTo be done by Eurovia but delayed till spring / summer as specialist material requires warmer weather to lay
Cavendish RoadPeppardTBC
Addington RoadBetween Redlands and Craven Roads TBC

Work to resurface hundreds of residential roads in Reading begins on 2 October 2020, with roads in the first phase of the scheme revealed below. Reading Borough Council is committing £9m to road and footway improvement work, which will see up to a third of Reading’s roads completely resurfaced.

The first 63 roads to be improved under the scheme will be completed by the end of March 2021. Hundreds more roads across Reading will benefit from surfacing improvements taking place over the next three years in response to residents’ calls for better roads.

A Citizens Panel survey conducted by the Council in November 2018 revealed that over 50% of respondents listed ‘better roads and pavements’ as top of their lists for improvements, and the Council has responded with the biggest programme of resurfacing it has ever undertaken. 

The £9m investment from Reading Borough Council is focused on residential side roads, and will complement additional resurfacing work funded by the Department of Transport on major arterial routes throughout the Borough. 

Reading Borough Council is hoping that from March, dependent on social distancing rules, it will be able to operate a new and novel engagement programme. This will allow local residents to find out more about the programme on selected roads by meeting the team doing the resurfacing, learning how the process works and discovering how this fits into the wider scheme of road improvements across the borough.  

Cllr Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said: “The views of our residents are of paramount importance to us, and something that came through clearly from them was a desire for better roads in the town. Despite challenging times economically, we are delighted to reveal that tens of thousands of our residents, in hundreds of streets and across all wards, will benefit from our £9m residential road improvement scheme which begins on 2 October”.

The first phase of the road improvement scheme will be undertaken by our contractor Eurovia Infrastructure Ltd. Advance notice boards will go up on the roads to be resurfaced and residents will receive a letter 2-3 days before the work is carried out. Roads will be closed between 8am and 5pm for the improvements to safely take place, with cars needing to vacate the roads in advance. Any parked vehicles will be liable for a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) and will be removed. After a 1-2 week period when the roads will seem rough and gravelly whilst they are left to settle, the roads will be closed again so the contractor can return to sweep the road and paint the road markings on the new surface, leaving smooth new residential road surfaces across the borough.

The roads to be resurfaced in the first phase of the scheme (October 2020 – March 2021), listed by ward, are:

WardRoad
AbbeyNewport Road
AbbeySackville Street
AbbeyPrinces Street
AbbeyLynmouth Road
AbbeyBaker Street (Russell St-Prospect St)
Abbey/ParkSun Street
BattleElm Lodge Avenue
BattleSherwood Street
BattleAlma Street
BattleDorset Street
BattleBelmont Road
BattleCambridge Street
BattleCannon Street
CavershamPaddock Road
CavershamPiggotts Road
CavershamWolsey Road
CavershamHemdean Rise
CavershamThe Slopes
CavershamFalkland Road
CavershamHemdean Hill
ChurchBarnsdale Road
ChurchModbury Gardens
ChurchPoplar Gardens
ChurchHollydale Close
ChurchTorrington Road
ChurchWentworth Avenue
KatesgroveElgar Road South
KatesgroveCanterbury Road
KatesgroveEdgehill Street
KatesgroveClent Road
KentwoodCranbourne Gardens
KentwoodHartslock Way
MapledurhamUpper Warren Avenue
MinsterBrownlow Road
MinsterBrunswick Street
MinsterBoston Avenue
MinsterCastle Crescent
MinsterWestcote Road
NorcotTaff Way
TilehurstNew Lane Hill
Norcot/BattleWaverley Road
ParkGrange Avenue
ParkPitcroft Avenue
ParkManchester Road
ParkNorris Road
ParkSt Edwards Road
PeppardEric Avenue
PeppardCavendish Road
Peppard/ThamesChiltern Road
RedlandsAddington Road
RedlandsDenmark Road
SouthcoteSouthcote Lane
SouthcoteCircuit Lane
ThamesHaldane Road
ThamesNewlands Avenue
ThamesPeppard Road (Service Road in front of 13 to 45)
TilehurstCorwen Road
TilehurstCrescent Road
TilehurstElmstone Drive
WhitleyVernon Crescent
WhitleyChagford Road
WhitleyHoniton Road
WhitleySwallowfield Drive