THERE is still time to have your say in Reading's biggest ever public consultation on transport.

More than 2,000 responses have already been received after the council asked people to help shape a future vision for transport in the town.

Consultation leaflets have been sent to every household in Reading directing them to a site where people can fill in the survey.

Meetings with transport operators, neighbouring local authorities and the Climate Change Strategy working group have already taken place, as well as public drop in events in South Reading, Caversham and the Oxford Road.

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Two more public events are planned in September at the following venues:

  • Wednesday, September 4 (3pm to 7pm) Waterhouse Chamber, Reading Town Hall
  • Tuesday September 10 (7am to 10am) Reading Station Forecourt

Bus adverts encouraging people to take part and fill in the survey will be on displayed on the rear of buses early this month as commuters head back to work after the summer break.

A series of school workshops are also taking place, as well as further meetings with businesses and representatives from the council’s Citizen Panel and interest groups, including the Access and Disability Working Group.

The closing date for all comments is September 20.

Reading Borough Council is asking residents, businesses, organisations and interest groups how they would tackle Reading's challenge, with a particular focus on congestion and poor air quality.

All feedback will be considered before a draft Local Transport Plan is created in the autumn and consulted on again in Spring 2020.

The final result will be a new Local Transport Plan – a plan to manage Reading’s transport network up to 2036.

Tony Page, Reading Borough Council's lead member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said: “We have had an encouraging number of responses to the consultation so far but we want even more people to make their views known. We know transport is Reading’s biggest talking point and this is the opportunity for people to contribute to a future transport plan for Reading.

“People will soon be returning from their summer breaks and schools will also be returning.

"Reading’s roads will become much busier again, with more queues and increased pollution levels.

"It is a good time for everyone to reflect on how the town should tackle the congestion and air quality in future years.

"The thousands of new homes being built in and around the town will add to the number of journeys on a road network which is already at capacity.

"It is not something we can ignore and this public consultation is about getting people who live and work in Reading, as well as those travelling through the borough, to contribute and be part of the solution.”

Councillor Adele Barnett-Ward, chair of the Cleaner Air and Safer Transport Forum, said: "I want to thank the hundreds of people who have taken the time to fill in the online survey. It is important we get as many responses as possible so that Reading’s new Local Transport Plan reflects the views of people who live and work here.

“The survey is designed to gather information on how people choose to travel, why they make those choices and what would convince them to consider alternatives in the future. Now is the time to contribute to the conversation.”