We are looking at ways to improve cycling, walking and public transport on the Bath Road between Berkeley Avenue and Castle Hill; including the provision of safe, dedicated cycle lanes and new pedestrian crossing facilities.Initial consultation on the concept designs for the Bath Road scheme was undertaken alongside the other active travel schemes between 24th February and 23rd April 2021.
This consultation resulted in strong support for the scheme, with 60% of respondents saying they supported or strongly supported the proposed segregated cycle lanes. A further consultation was undertaken between 7th July and 1st August 2022, including a public drop-in event at Reading Association for the Blind, Walford Hall, Carey Street on Wednesday 13th July. The feedback received through these consultations has been used to develop the detailed designs for the scheme.
The outline scheme for Bath Road/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.
Following development of the detailed design and in order to progress this scheme, the Council are now commencing a statutory consultation for the implementation of traffic restrictions in the form of double yellow lines, reducing an existing bus lane and removal of the tidal flow lane on Castle Hill and Bath Road
Further details on these proposals, as well as the consultation survey can be found at: https://www.reading.gov.uk/BathRoad/