New transport plan proposed

by Natalie Vincent Fri 31 August 2018, 1:54 pm

Reducing congestion, improving air quality and encouraging greater use of sustainable modes of transport, are the three key objectives of a new local transport plan for Reading.

With the last Local Transport Plan published seven years ago, Reading Borough Council is identifying new schemes and plans for bidding on future funding opportunities.

It is Reading's economic success and transport links has made it a magnet for large numbers of international and blue-chip companies establishing bases there, while increasing demand for new homes.

Among the main proposals is the car parking and air quality management strategy, based on up-to-date information on commuter travel and parking in the borough, and the impact on congestion and pollution levels in the town.

It also includes 1,000 park and ride spaces at Mereoak and Winnersh, transport interchanges to the north and south of Reading station, a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the river Thames and dedicated public transport routes to the south and east of the borough.

Tony Page, Reading Council's lead member for strategic environment, planning and transport, said: "Reading is without rival in the Thames Valley region in terms of employment and as an attractive place to live, work or visit. With that success however comes population growth, demand for housing and more large businesses relocating to the area.

"This places huge demands on infrastructure and the limited road space in Reading. It is essential we now plan for future growth by developing at new schemes and bidding for more investment in sustainable transport options."

A borough-wide survey of commuter movements and parking will take place in the autumn to direct the future strategy.

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