Have your say: Improve proposals for Reading’s bus service and infrastructure

News from: Reading Borough Council

Reading Borough Council is inviting people to have their say on proposals for six new bus lanes in the borough, as part of its ambition to make travelling by bus in Reading quicker and more reliable.

The proposed enhancement to Reading’s bus infrastructure is the next phase of Reading’s £26 million bus investment which aims to attract new bus passengers to even faster, more reliable and better-integrated bus services in Reading.

The plans for bus lane enhancements follows on from the launch of a new value for money bus ticket – the ‘Reading All-Bus,’ earlier this month, which allows passengers to use several bus companies including Reading Buses, Thames Valley Buses, Arriva and Thames Travel with the same ticket in the Greater Reading area.

As well as speeding up bus services, the new bus lanes will provide a safer shared space out of the general traffic for cyclists and provide quicker access for taxis and emergency vehicles.

The proposed bus lanes include:

-A329 Oxford Road: Outbound bus lane between Zinzan Street and George Street
-A329 Oxford Road: Outbound bus lane between Pangbourne Street and Norcot Junction
-A4 Bath Road: Outbound bus lane from Circuit Lane to Granville Road
-A327 Southampton Street: Inbound bus lane from Pell Street to The Oracle roundabout
-A4 London Road: Inbound bus lane between Sidmouth Street and London Street
-A4 London Road: Inbound bus lane between Liverpool Road and Cemetery Junction

The Council is seeking views on the initial scheme proposals before any decisions are taken on whether to proceed and more detail plans are produced.

The consultation opened on Friday 19 May and runs for 4 weeks ending on Friday 16 June.

You can have your say online at: www.reading.gov.uk/bus-lanes

For more information or alternative formats, email transport@reading.gov.uk.

View the proposed bus lanes on the Active Travel Google Map here (highlighted in red): https://www.google.co.uk/maps

Following the consultation, feedback will be assessed and detailed designs developed. There will then be a further consultation on the Traffic Regulation Orders, followed by a report on the final designs later this year.

As well as outlining plans for investment in bus fares which extend beyond borough boundary lines to cover greater Reading, and for new bus lane infrastructure, the plan is for a number of future ambitions to make bus services in Reading even better. These include:

-Extensions to the Buzz 42 and South Reading services;
-Developing the Park & Ride service to the Royal Berkshire Hospital and University, as well as enhancing Mereoak Park & Ride itself;
-Bus information and passenger safety improvements, including better bus shelters and Real-time passenger information displays;
-Further phases of the South Reading MRT scheme on the A33 to speed up journey times between Mereoak P&R and the town centre;
-Giving passengers more of a say through the creation of a ‘Passenger Charter’.

Further information is available at www.reading.gov.uk/BSIP

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