Work Starts On New Reading A33 Bus Lane
30 July 2018, 09:17
Work starts in Reading later to build a new dedicated bus lane through two busy sections of the A33.
The next phase of the council's project to speed up journeys involves widening the southbound approach to the Rose Kiln Lane junction and northbound from the Imperial Way roundabout to South Oak Way. At both locations the current two lanes of traffic will be maintained.
Work is due to begin on Monday 30 July. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained both in the morning and evening peak periods, but this will be reduced to one lane in off peak hours for the improvement works to take place.
Access to local businesses will be maintained at all times. The scheme is expected to be complete in Spring 2019. Overnight full closures of the A33 may be needed for road resurfacing towards the end of the project. The dates of these closures and diversions will be publicised in advance.
Tony Page, Reading Council's Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said:
"This is now the 4th phase of a series of bus corridor improvements delivered by the Council to make our bus services even more reliable and to speed up journey times for all road users on the A33.
"Road space in Reading is already at capacity. With major housing developments planned on the edge of the borough boundary in future years, offering people realistic, easy and sustainable travel choices is the only option to manage levels of congestion and improve air quality.
"This scheme is about speeding up bus journey times between central Reading and residential and employment areas to the south, in order to make choosing the bus an even more attractive option for people. It is also important to note the new bus lane is not at the expense of a lane of traffic, it is in addition to the two existing lanes, meaning no loss of capacity for other road users."