Residential And Main Roads To Benefit From First Phase of Council Resurfacing

SIX RESIDENTIAL ROADS across Reading will be resurfaced in the first week of September, concluding the Council’s 2019 road resurfacing programme which was carried over until this year.

The work on residential streets begins on Thursday 3 September, and will be complemented by 16 sections of main roads in Reading Borough also being improved through resurfacing over the next two months. The two projects combined will total over £1m of improvements, funded by the Department for Transport, as part of the Local Transport Plan.

The residential roads project will see the six minor roads resurfaced over two days, totalling over 10,000m2. Weather permitting, these works will be completed by the end of Friday 4 September, with the road markings and raising of any iron works to follow under localised traffic management. The work was delayed from 2019 due to poor weather, and subsequently held up from being completed earlier this year by the coronavirus pandemic. One other road, Deacon Way, requires a more comprehensive resurfacing treatment so will be completed along with the main road programme.

The main road improvements will take place from September to early November, in the Council’s annual summer programme of resurfacing major roads. More than 56,500m2 of road surface across the Borough will be renewed during the 8-week programme of work. The confirmed list of roads to be repaired is below, with the programme dates yet to be finalised.

The two resurfacing projects will then be followed by a major £9m investment of Council funds in road surface improvements which will begin in the autumn and last for three years, with details of the first phase of this set to be released next month.

Cllr Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport said:

These works on both main and residential roads are the beginning of a large commitment from Reading Borough Council to enhancing the quality of our local streets. The Council has responded to understandable concerns about the condition of our streets and the £9m Council investment in residential road improvements to follow will benefit all of Reading’s road users”.

Advance notices of the main road closures will be in place a week before the works commence in each road, and locally signed diversion routes will operate. Notification letters will also be sent to local residents and businesses affected by the resurfacing, with Kiely Bros Ltd the appointed contractors for both projects.

For the residential roads, advance notices will be in place before works commence on any road. Notification letters will also be delivered to nearby residents and businesses affected, detailing the timing and duration of the works. All roads will be closed to carry out the works and signed diversions will be in place where possible. Work will commence at 8.00 am each day and finish by 5.00pm. More than one road will be surfaced each day so starting and finishing times on each road will vary.


Residential roads to be resurfaced (with dates):

3rd September: Axbridge Road, Blenheim Road, Collis Street

4th September: Garston Close, Gratwicke Road, Inkpen Close

Deacon Way will be resurfaced at a later date alongside the main road schedule as it requires a more comprehensive treatment


Main roads to be resurfaced (dates to be confirmed):

Shinfield Road                         From Pepper Lane for 300 metres south

Basingstoke Road                  Sections from Buckland Road to 50 metres south of Callington Road

Whitley Wood Lane                Sections from Basingstoke Road to Whitley Wood Road roundabout

Basingstoke Road                  Sections from Rose Kiln Lane to Winchester Road

Portman Road                         From Ashmere Terrace for 400 metres west

London Road                          From Craven Road to Redlands Road

Erleigh Road                           From Alexandra Road to Addington Road

Bath Road                               Sections from Liebenrood Road to Parkside Road

London Road                          From Cholmeley Road to A3290

Bath Road                               From Berkeley Avenue to Downshire Square West

Caversham Park Road           Sections from Lowfield Road to Bramber Mews

Gosbrook Road                       Sections from George Street to Star Road

Caversham Park Road           From 100 metres north of Kingsway (northern entrance) to Littlestead Close

Overdown Road                      From Carlisle Road to Oxford Road roundabout

Lower Elmstone Drive             From Pierces Hill to Chapel Hill

Upper Woodcote Road           From Crispin Close to Borough boundary


John Phillips

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