Residential road improvements

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Updated 23 November 2021

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. We are now in the second year of the scheme.

Scheduled works

Year 2 (2021/22)

Residential Hot Rolled Asphalt Resurfacing (HRA) sites

The works consist of removing (planing) the existing carriageway surface and laying a new surfacing material. In addition, associated works will be carried out such as adjustment/replacement of ironwork as required, gully jetting/cleaning as well as repainting of road markings.

DfT funded scheme
LocationSectionDate
Basingstoke Road From Christchurch Road to Elgar Road South Works completed
Bath Road From Burghfield Road to Hogarth AvenueWorks completed
Bedford Road From junction with Oxford Road to Chatham Street Works completed
Berkeley Avenue From Ashley Road to Esso Petrol Station Works completed
Christchurch Road From Basingstoke Road to Sutherland Avenue Works completed
Elm Road From Shinfield Road to Borough boundary Works completed
Forbury Road From King’s Road to Kenavon Drive (Northbound only) Works completed
IDR A From A329 southbound exit towards Castle Street Works completed
IDR BFrom A329 eastbound exit towards Bridge Street Works completed
Oxford Road B From Shaftesbury Road to Gordon Place Works completed
Oxford Road C Beresford Road to Russell Street Works completed
Park Lane From Chapel Hill to 50 metres west of Mayfair Works completed
Pell StreetFrom Elgar Road to Sherman Road Works completed
Peppard Road From Kiln Road to Cavendish Road Works completed
Portman Road From Bridgewater Close for 500m eastbound Works completed
Russell StreetFrom Castle Hill to Russel StreetWorks completed
Shinfield Road From Whitley Wood Road to Elm Road Works completed
Sidmouth Street From London Road to Queen’s RoadWorks completed
Tilehurst Road From Russell Street to Western Elm Avenue Works completed
Water Road From Tilehurst Road to Windrush Way Works completed
Wokingham RoadFrom Holmes Road to Melrose Avenue Works completed
Woodcote Road Junction Area with Highmoor Road Works completed
Council Residential Roads Investment Scheme – Hot Rolled Asphalt Resurfacing
LocationSectionDate
Albert RoadFull extentPre-patching works completed, surface dressing to follow next year
Beresford Road Full extent Works completed
Christchurch GardensFull extent Works completed
Coley Avenue Berkley Avenue to Castle Hill TBC
Eaton Place Full extent Works completed
Erleigh Road Addington Road to Alexandra Road Pre-patching completed, surface dressing to follow next year
George Street Full extent Works completed – some sections were not surfaced due to issues with underlying layer. These will be surfaced at a later date.
Hemdean Road From Oakley Rd to Sheridan Avenue Works completed
Kentwood Hill Full extent Works completed
Liebenrood Road Full extent Works completed
Little John’s Lane (7pm-1am) From Portman Road to Loverock Road Works completed
Palmer Park Avenue Full extent (within the borough boundary) To be reprogrammed due to engineering difficulties
Scours Lane (7pm-1am) Oxford Road to Stadium Way Works completed
Southcote Road Full extent TBC
St Anne’s Road Full extentWorks completed
Trafford RoadFull extent Works completed
Upton Road Full extent Works completed
Vicarage RoadFull extent Work completed
Whiteknights Road Full extent (within the borough boundary) Works completed
Whitley Street From Southampton Street to Christchurch Rd Roundabout Works completed

Council Residential Roads Investment Scheme – Micro Asphalt Resurfacing 2021-23

Thousands of residents will also see the roads outside their houses change for the better in the coming months, thanks to the Council’s own investment (£9m over 3 year’s) to improve hundreds of residential streets. This will see:

  • 150 residential roads resurfaced with micro-asphalt in the next phase, Year 2.
  • Roads being resurfaced until 12 November when work will stop, resuming again in March 2022.
  • Further roads set to be resurfaced in Year 3.
  • A total investment of £9m in resurfacing improvements over three years.
Scheduled work

Abbey:

  • Carey Street – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow

Battle:

  • Argyle Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Argyle Street – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Brunswick Hill – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Catherine Street – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Chester Street – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Connaught Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Curzon Street – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Deepdene Close – 5 November for 1 day, 8am to 5pm
  • Fulmead Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Gloucester Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Kensington Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Norfolk Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Ormsby Street – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Rutland Road – Delayed to next year due to access problems
  • Thornton Mews – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow

Caversham:

  • Anglefield Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Champion Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Chester Street, Caversham – 11 November for 1 day, 8am to 5pm
  • Clifton Park Road – Deferred to next year
  • Coldicutt Street – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Cromwell Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Donegal Close – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Eccles Close – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Forge Close – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Harley Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Hampden Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Heron Island – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Ian Mikardo Way – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Keston Close – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Knighton Close – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Luscombe Close – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Mill Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Nelson Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • North Street – 12 November for 1 day, 8am to 5pm
  • Oxford Street – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Peel Close – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Queens Road Caversham – Work unable to be carried out due to obstructions
  • Queen Street – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Richmond Road, Caversham – Deferred to next year
  • Short Street – 12 November for 1 day, 8am to 5pm
  • St Johns Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Talbot Close – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • The Mount – To be reprogrammed
  • Washington Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow

Church:

  • Blagdon Road – Surfacing, sweeping and road markings completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Linden Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Rushden Drive – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Salcombe Road – surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Seaton Gardens – Surfacing, road markings and sweeping completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Staverton Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Tamarisk Avenue – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Totnes Road – Surfacing, road marking and sweeping completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Wheatley Close – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Willow Gardens – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Windermere Road – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow

Katesgrove:

  • Alpine Street – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Arkwright Road – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Dale Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Elgar Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Francis Street – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Home Farm Close – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Lincoln Road – Works to be reprogrammed
  • Milman Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Spring Gardens – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow

Minster:

  • Portway Close – 11 November for 1 day, 9.30am to 3.30pm

Southcote:

  • Kearsley Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Pentland Close – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Southcote Farm Lane – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow

Whitley:

  • Ashby Court – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Ashmore Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Blandford Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Brixham Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Chudleigh Gardens – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Cooper Close – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Denbury Gardens – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Durham Close – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Heatherdene Close – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Kingsbridge Road – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed , raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Lamerton Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Lulworth Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Meavy Gardens – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Merton Road North – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Merton Road South – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Moreleigh Close – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Mortimer Close – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Newlyn Gardens – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Rossington Place – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Salford Close – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Sheldon Gardens – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Shirley Avenue – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Spencer Road – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Stratton Gardens – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Stockton Road – Surfacing completed, sweeping, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Village Close – Surfacing, sweeping completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Woodman Close – Surfacing, sweeping and road markings completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Woodside Way – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Wrenswood Close – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
  • Yelverton Road – Surfacing, sweeping and road marking completed, raising ironworks and gully cleaning to follow
Work still to come

The works will resume in March 2022 and will see following roads resurfaced.

Abbey:

  • Addison Road
  • Baker Street (between the IDR and Russell St)
  • Great Knollys Street
  • Kings Meadow Road
  • Orts Road
  • Ross Road
  • Sidmouth Street (Queens Rd to Kennetside)

Battle:

  • Battle Place
  • Battle Square
  • Connaught Close
  • Gower Street
  • Hart Street
  • Lancing Close
  • Little Street
  • Lorne Street
  • Salisbury Road
  • Suffolk Road
  • Valentia Road

Battle/Norcot:

  • Wantage Road

Caversham:

  • Brackstone Close
  • Buckside
  • Mill Green
  • South View Avenue
  • Star Road – works to be reprogrammed due to utility works
  • Westfield

Caversham/Thames:

  • The Mount

Church:

  • Ashburton Road
  • Foxhays Road
  • Hawkchurch Road
  • Rushden Drive
  • Windermere Road

Katesgrove:

  • Arkwright Road
  • Bourne Avenue
  • Chesterman Street
  • Dorothy Street
  • East Street
  • Glebe Road
  • Hagley Road
  • Henry Street
  • Highgrove Street
  • Jubilee Square
  • Katesgrove Lane
  • Letcombe Street
  • Lincoln Road
  • Mount Pleasant Grove
  • Mount Street
  • Mundesley Street
  • Newark Street
  • Rowley Road
  • Shenstone Road
  • Sherman Road
  • Short Street
  • South Street, Reading (London St to Sidmouth St)
  • Spring Grove
  • Tippett Rise
  • Upper Crown Street
  • West Hill

Kentwood:

  • Bramshaw Road
  • Brooksby Road
  • Chepstow Road
  • Coalport Way
  • Forest Hill
  • Grasmere Avenue
  • Kinson Road
  • Larissa Close
  • Oakham Close
  • Pottery Road
  • Rissington Close
  • Rockbourne Gardens
  • Rydal Avenue
  • Ullswater Drive
  • Weald Rise

Kentwood / Tilehurst:

  • Pierces Hill

Mapledurham:

  • Blagrave Lane
  • Shepherds Lane

Mapledurham / Thames:

  • Conisboro Avenue
  • Highmoor Road

Minster:

  • Benyon Court
  • Berkeley Avenue ( Service road from 12 – 22A)
  • Berkeley Avenue ( Service road from 89 – 119)
  • Berkeley Avenue ( Service road to St Pauls Court)
  • Brook Street West
  • Carsdale Close
  • Coley Park Road
  • Downshire Square
  • Epsom Court
  • Froxfield Avenue
  • Garnet Street
  • Glenbeigh Terrace
  • Harrow Court
  • Holybrook Road
  • Janson Court
  • Kimberley Close
  • Lima Court
  • Littlecote Drive
  • Lower Brook Street
  • Lower Field Road
  • Maitland Road
  • Maldon Close
  • Mansfield Road
  • Marlborough Court
  • Rembrandt Way
  • St Saviours Road
  • Swallows Croft
  • Tintern Crescent
  • Trelleck Road
  • Upavon Drive
  • West Fryerne (part)
  • Western Road
  • Wolseley Street

Norcot:

  • Fairsted Close
  • Links Drive
  • Mowbray Drive
  • Shaftesbury Road
  • St Georges Terrace
  • Tern Close
  • Upton Road
  • Usk Road

Park:

  • Amity Road
  • Amity Street
  • Cholmeley Place
  • College Road
  • Coventry Road
  • Culver Road
  • Cumberland Road
  • Norton Road
  • Oaklands (part)
  • Tuns Hill Cottages
  • Waybrook Crescent
  • Woodstock Street
  • Wykeham Road

Peppard:

  • Abingdon Drive
  • Aldeburgh Close
  • Barnard Close
  • Bellingham Walk
  • Birchwood Close
  • Blackwater Close
  • Bramber Mews
  • Buckingham Drive (service road in front of 51 – 87)
  • Buckingham Drive (service road jun Marshland Sq to 49)
  • Burcombe Way
  • Chalgrove Way
  • Chestnut Avenue
  • Copse Avenue
  • Corfe Mews
  • Courtenay Drive
  • Crawshay Drive
  • Dacre Avenue
  • Devon Drive
  • Dunster Close
  • Earlsfield Close
  • Elstow Avenue
  • Emmer Green Court
  • Eynsford Close
  • Farleigh Mews
  • Farnham Drive
  • Framlingham Drive
  • Fraser Avenue
  • Galsworthy Drive
  • Gifford Close
  • Goodrich Close
  • Greenleas Avenue
  • Grove Cottages (Off St Barnabas Road)
  • Hadleigh Rise
  • Harlech Avenu
  • Hertford Close
  • Holyrood Close
  • Marshland Square
  • Montpelier Drive
  • Old Barn Close
  • Pendennis Avenue
  • Pinetree Court
  • Rosehill Park
  • Tenby Avenue
  • Ulster Close
  • Uppingham Gardens
  • Woods Road
  • Yarnton Close

Redlands:

  • Alexandra Road
  • De Beauvoir Road
  • Eldon Square
  • Erleigh Road
  • Granby Gardens
  • Hatherley Road
  • Hexham Road

Southcote:

  • Barn Close
  • Dwyer Road
  • Greenwood Road

Thames:

  • Banbury Gardens
  • Briar Close
  • Buxton Avenue
  • Cawsam Gardens
  • Cedarwood Crescent
  • Eliot Close
  • Ellesmere Close
  • Moss Close
  • Norman Road
  • Onslow Gardens
  • Picton Way
  • Raglan Gardens (Off Chiltern Road)
  • Scholars Close
  • St Andrews Road
  • Valentine Crescent

Thames / Peppard:

  • Surley Row

Tilehurst:

  • Berkshire Drive
  • Chieveley Close
  • Delaney Close
  • Felton Way
  • Hazelwood Close
  • Holland Road
  • Neath Gardens
  • Recreation Road
  • The Triangle

Tilehurst / Norcot:

  • Elvaston Way

Whitley:

  • Ashby Court
  • Blandford Road
  • Callington Road
  • Cooper Close
  • Corinne Close
  • Darwin Close
  • Denbury Gardens
  • Durham Close
  • Gweal Avenue
  • Havergate Way
  • Heatherden Close
  • Helston Gardens
  • Kingston Gardens
  • Landrake Crescent
  • Longships Way (from Commercial Road to o/s 75)
  • Lulworth Road
  • Merrivale Gardens
  • Moreleigh Close
  • Mortimer Close
  • Padstow Gardens
  • Redruth Gardens
  • Rossington Place
  • Rushley Way
  • Spencer Road
  • St Agnes Way
  • Templeton Gardens
  • Thurlestone Gardens
  • Whale Avenue
  • Whitstone Gardens
  • Wrenswood Close

Concrete road sites

The contractor carrying out these works is a specialist company whose product is ideal for surfacing over concrete roads. We would have loved to bring them in during the summer school holidays, but as they are a small specialised company who work throughout the UK, we could only secure this time slot to carry out these works this year.

StreetSectionDateStatus
The MeadwayHoney End Lane to Dee Road 6 – 10 September 2021Surfacing, traffic signal loops and gully cleaning complete. Road markings complete. Joint cuttings to follow.
The MeadwayDee Road to Church End Lane 8 – 15 September 2021 Surfacing complete. Road markings complete. Joint cuttings to follow.
The MeadwayChurch End Lane to Hall Road 13 – 21 September 2021 Surfacing complete. Road markings complete. Joint cuttings to follow.
Cressingham RoadShinfield Road to Northumberland Road roundabout16 September to 1st October 2021 Surfacing complete. Road markings complete. Joint cuttings to follow.
Southcote LaneCoronation Square to Gainsborough RoadTBCRemedial works to be rescheduled to Spring 2022

Year 1 (2020/21)

Grip-fibre sites

These works relate to the final phase of the programme from 2020/21 (Year 1) Residential Roads Surfacing Contract that was awarded to Eurovia Infrastructure Limited.

The roads were identified as Gripfibre (high-stress) sites. This is a specialist material and requires warmer weather to lay.

StreetWardDateStatus
Elgar Road South KatesgroveSaturday 4 and Sunday 5 September 2021To be surfaced during next Gripfibre season
New Lane Hill  Norcot / Southcote / Tilehurst Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 September 2021Raising of ironworks completed. 2nd round of sweeping completed. Road marking due soon.
Addington RoadBetween Redlands and Craven Roads Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 SeptemberRaising of ironworks completed. 2nd round of sweeping completed. Road marking due soon.