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Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017
The planned improvements at Cow Lane bridges will remove the current height restriction and the long-standing traffic bottleneck in west Reading by creating a wider road big enough to allow two vehicles to safely pass, as well as allowing the future use of double-deck buses for the first time ever.
When complete, the widening and lowering of the road will create an important alternative route for HGVs, commercial and other traffic passing through west Reading. This will result in a better and safer local environment for residents and businesses along the Oxford Road.
It will also mean traffic lights will no longer be needed through the bridges and there will be substantial benefits for pedestrians and cyclists, with new shared use footway/cycleways introduced through the bridge.
So as not to clash with this year’s Reading Festival, work is due to begin after the August bank holiday weekend. The project is due to be completed before the 2018 Reading Festival at the end of August next year.
The safe separation of road users and pedestrians will be provided throughout the work.
As the project progresses, Cow Lane will need to be closed for up to two weekends for demolition works on the old bridge structure. The dates of these closures are being publicised in advance ad road users and pedestrians are being asked to be aware of the dates, as they will have an impact.