Reading Borough Council has welcomed the news that it has been awarded full funding for a new cycle scheme along the Bath Road and Castle Hill in West Reading.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed that Reading will receive 100% of its funding, a total of £1,300,000, as part of the national Active Travel Fund scheme.
The investment will add an important further ‘missing link’ in Reading’s existing cycle network. It follows the cycling and walking improvements due to be implemented in early summer along the Shinfield Road in South Reading.
The outline scheme for Bath Rd/Castle Hill includes major improvements stretching from Berkeley Avenue, along the Bath Road to Castle Hill, then running over the IDR to Castle Street. It proposes reallocation of road space from general traffic to create segregated lanes for cyclists to and from the town centre.
These improvements will include the Bath Road / Castle Hill roundabout across the busy IDR junction and into and out of the town centre, alongside enhancements to facilities for pedestrians
Now that funding has been secured, a further design stage will follow. There will then be full public consultation – over the summer – on the updated scheme proposals.