A new crossing is planned on a Caversham road where a shortlived 'nightmare' one-way system was scrapped earlier this month.

Temporary one-way restrictions were introduced on Gosbrook Road and Westfield Road on Monday, August 24, as part of Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) government-funded temporary active travel schemes to help with social distancing.

But on Wednesday, September 2, just over a week after the scheme went live, the council decided to remove the £45,000 one-way system after scores of complaints from residents and local businesses.

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RBC has now set out plans to introduce a tiger crossing on Gosbrook Road, which it says will improve the route from Westfield Road to the town centre and help cyclists.

The crossing will be funded by the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) - a charge on new developments - and was approved by the council’s Traffic Management Sub-Committee in November 2019.

Designed with cyclists in mind, the council hopes it will link with future transport schemes.

A tiger crossing combines a pedestrian zebra with a crossing for people on bikes.

They are called "tiger" because early versions had yellow stripes on black tarmac.

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Some parking spaces will be removed to enhance visibility at the crossing, while the crossing will be offset from the Christchurch Meadows footpath for access reasons.A consultation on the plans opened on Thursday (September 17) and finished on October 8.

Objections or comments should be sent in by:

  • Filling out the online survey here https://consult.reading.gov.uk/dens/gosbrook-road-crossing-lining-amendments/
  • Emailing highway.objections@reading.gov.uk
  • Or in writing to M Graham, Head of Legal and Democratic Services, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Reading, RG1 2LU

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