A major public consultation will now ask residents, businesses, organisations and interest groups how they would tackle Reading’s challenge, with a particular focus on congestion and poor air quality. The final result will be a new Local Transport Plan – a plan to manage Reading’s transport network up to 2036.
An online survey, leaflets to every household in Reading, themed discussion sessions, public drop-in events, school workshops and meetings with neighbouring local authorities and transport operators all form part of the consultation exercise, which runs for eight weeks through the summer.
The public consultation exercise launched 29 July and runs until 20 September. As well as a series of themed focus groups including with the Citizen’s Panel, key stakeholder meetings and pop-up events there will be public drop-in sessions where people can talk to Council transport officers about the consultation and the town’s new Local Transport Plan. They are:
-Tuesday Aug 6 (15:00 to 18:30) South Reading Community Hub
-Thursday Aug 15 (15:00 to 19:00) Church House, Caversham
-Wednesday Aug 28 (15:00 to 19:00) Salvation Army Reading West, 522 Oxford Road
-Wednesday Sep 4 (15:00 to 19:00) Waterhouse Chamber, Reading Town Hall
-Tuesday Sep 10 (7:00 to 10:00) Reading Station Forecourt
The online survey will be the main vehicle for public responses and can be found at https://www.pclconsult.co.uk/transport2036. People will be asked to complete a range of questions around their travel choices and preferences. They will also be asked what they think needs to change in the future to tackle Reading’s congestion, air pollution and climate change emergency challenge.