Reading secured £221,250 for the first tranche of the Active Travel Fund. 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 Covid-19. The following temporary schemes have been implemented:
- George Street, Reading Bridge – removal of general traffic lane to create new cycle facilities.
- Southampton Street, Silver Street and Mount Pleasant – reallocation road space to create new cycle facilities.
- Sidmouth Street – temporary one-way restriction and removal of one general traffic lane to provide a segregated two-way cycle lane.
- Whitley Street – removal of general traffic lane to create new cycle facilities.
- Oxford Road (Tilehurst) – reallocation road space to create new cycle facilities.
- Oxford Road – introducing a number of cyclist-priority measures between Norcot Road and Bedford Road.
- Redlands Road – introducing cycle logos alongside a separate major scheme that is being developed to improve motorist compliance with the 20mph speed limit. This scheme intends to replace the proposed ‘virtual’ speed cushions with physical measures for potential delivery in Spring 2021.
- Christchurch Road drawing – reallocation road space to create new cycle facilities.
- Following a trial period, the Council has decided to remove the scheme on Gosbrook Road/Westfield Road, reverting these streets back to their previous road layouts.