WORK to demolish the existing arch bridge at Cow Lane in Reading was completed over the weekend, meaning Cow Lane will remain open to motorists and pedestrians this coming weekend.
The road was closed to traffic on Friday evening and re-opened at 3am on the morning of Monday November 6th as planned. A contingency closure was scheduled for this coming weekend, but will no longer be needed.
Shyam Samani, project manager for Network Rail, said:
“The demolition of the arch bridge at Cow Lane in Reading was successfully completed over the weekend, with the road re-opening at 3am on Monday.
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to complete this work according to schedule, meaning that we will not require an additional closure of the road next weekend.
“I’d like to thank local residents and motorists for their patience over the weekend, and our contractors for working safely and diligently to minimise disruption. There is a lot of work still to do at Cow Lane, but this is an important milestone towards major improvements to transport links through Reading.”
Councillor Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said:
“I’d like to thank everyone working on the demolition for their efforts in ensuring the work was completed over the weekend, meaning the road could open in good time for the Monday morning rush hour. I’d also thank residents for their patience over the weekend during the closure.
“The demolition of the old bridge is significant landmark in this project which, when complete, will bring major benefits to the west of Reading and the Oxford Road.”
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.
Work began on site following this year’s Reading Festival and is due to be completed before next year’s festival at the end of August 2018.
Notes To Editors
For a time lapse videos of the demolition this weekend of the old Cow Lane bridge go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9MI4CQ3YjKUZGjA-SGhC_g