Reading is set to benefit as one of the town’s most notorious traffic bottlenecks will be removed following an upgrade to two railway bridges.
The upgrade to the bridges on Cow Lane means that from 10am on Monday 25 February, the busy road will have two-way traffic without traffic lights for the first time ever. The joint project by Network Rail and Reading Borough Council also means higher vehicles such as buses and lorries can use the road for the first time. This will create a safer and more pleasant local environment for residents and businesses along the Oxford Road.
To allow resurfacing of the road, Cow Lane will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists from 10pm on Friday 22 February through to 10am on Monday 25 February. Network Rail is writing to local residents and businesses about the closure and diversionary signs will be in place.
Following the opening of the road at Cow Lane, work will continue to also create a new dedicated pedestrian and cycle route. During this time, traffic will use the new road whilst pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the ‘old’ bridge to pass through safely. Cyclists will be encouraged to dismount due to limited space available while the works are also ongoing, or alternatively can use the new carriageway. The pedestrian and cycle route is expected to be complete by the summer before this year’s Reading Festival.
Jamie Davies, head of programme integration at Network Rail, said:
Councillor Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said: