ROAD closures have been put in place in Reading as part of a multi-million pound project.

A lane on Reading Bridge and part of the roundabout in Vastern Road have been shut whilst Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) carry out major electrical works.

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It forms part of SSEN's multi-million pound project which involves the replacement of nearly four kilometres of high voltage underground cable.

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SSEN’s Construction Manager for the Reading project, Miles Crossley said: “Since starting this project in April of this year, our team has liaised with local authorities to make every effort to reduce disruption to commuters by minimising the time spent working on roadways and carrying out any essential works during quieter periods.

“To ensure the safety of both workers, road-users and pedestrians this final stage of the improvement works will involve a traffic management system at the Vastern Road roundabout leading towards Napier Road.

“This system will be in place from Saturday 19 October for two weeks and has been scheduled to accommodate school holidays and the resultant reduced traffic in the area.”

The roadworks have resulted in increased traffic in the area, which has caused complaints from drivers.

A spokesperson from Reading Borough Council said: “The location of these SSE works - at a key strategic junction on Reading’s road network – are causing significant delays for motorists, despite them being timed to coincide with some schools in Reading closing for half term.

"We understand the works are necessary in order for SSE to upgrade its electricity network and are scheduled to continue for a number of weeks.

"The Council is in urgent contact with SSE today to look at what options are available to improve the situation, including night time working.”