Active Travel tranche 2 schemes

Following an initial engagement exercise earlier in the year, we carried out a further consultation on more detailed proposals along Shinfield Road.  

This six-week consultation closed on Monday 6 December 2021.

Since the initial engagement exercise, we have been using your feedback to develop the design of the Shinfield Road scheme further for this consultation. Please view our plans and artist impressions to see what we are proposing along the route.

Detailed plans for Shinfield Road

Easy to read plan

The proposals include:

  • A segregated cycle lane in each direction, separated from the road by a kerb, between the junctions of Christchurch Green and Shinfield Rise
    • Advanced stop lines and early release for cyclists at the three signalised junctions along the route, to allow them to cross the junction before vehicles
    • Improved cycle provision across all junctions along the corridor
    • Some side roads to have raised tables at their junctions with Shinfield Road to encourage slower vehicle speeds, making it safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists to cross
    • Double yellow lines to be introduced along the full length of the route in both directions to prevent vehicles parking on the new cycle lanes
    • Bus stops marked on the carriageway
    • Footway widening in some locations along the route to provide more space for pedestrians
    • The right turn lane at the junction of Shinfield Road and Elmhurst Road would be maintained. Buses serving the Royal Berkshire Hospital and the University’s London Road campus via Redlands Road would therefore be unaffected
    • New informal crossing (pedestrian island) near to the Chancellor’s Way junction to make it safer and easier for people to cross Shinfield Road
    • A new signalised crossing near to Cressingham Road to make it safer and easier for people to cross the road
    • A new shared space for pedestrians and cyclists near to the junction with Cedar Road/Elm Road

The proposals would result in minimal increases in queuing and delays at the three junctions along the route, and they would all continue to operate within capacity.

We held a drop-in event to view our proposals and speak to members of the project team. This was held on Tuesday 16 November 2021, at the University of Reading’s Sports Park Pavilion, RG6 6AH.

Following the close of the consultation, your responses will be gathered and analysed before being incorporated into a consultation report. This will help us in deciding the final design to be taken forward to construction.

We will continue to seek further funding opportunities from the Department for Transport and other external sources in order to deliver further schemes identified through the initial Active Travel Fund engagement exercise and our Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.

Next steps

In line with the indicative timeline for the Tranche 2 programme set out below, we are now undertaking a further consultation before we update the design in the winter:

  • Initial consultation – February to April 2021 – Completed
  • Initial consultation results review and recommendation for scheme(s) to be taken forward – May to June 2021 – Completed
  • Committee approval to undertake statutory consultation – June 2021 – Completed
  • Detailed design – Summer/Autumn 2021 – Completed
  • Further consultation – Autumn 2021 – Completed
  • Further consultation results review and update scheme design – Winter 2021/22 – In progress
  • Scheme delivery – from Spring 2022 onwards