More Traffic Lights Switched Off

News Article

28/02/2011

Two more sets off traffic lights will be switched off as the Reading Borough Council’s major review of traffic signals across the town continues.

On Monday February 28 the traffic lights at Gosbrook Road, junction with Westfield Road, were switched off. The pedestrian crossing has been retained to aid pedestrians crossing the road.

From Monday March 7 the traffic lights at the Meadway, junction with Combe Road, will also be removed. Again the pedestrian crossing will remain in place.

And on Monday March 14, works will begin to remove the ‘build-out’ on London Road, at its junction with Eldon Road.

Earlier this year a major review of traffic light controlled junctions took place. Reading Borough Council asked residents to participate in the wholesale review, gauging opinion on which junctions flow well and those where improvements could be made.

The review found there were 20 junctions across town where it may be possible to introduce changes - or even remove traffic lights altogether - in order to speed up journey times.

Traffic lights at Jackson’s Corner, on the Kings Road, junction Duke Street and High Street, were switched off late last year following a detailed safety audit, as part of the Council’s on-going commitment to remove delays for motorists wherever possible.

The work at Gosbrook Road, the Meadway and London Road, continues the process of implementing changes.

Transport officers will now continuing the process of looking into key factors like casualty information and limitations due to the size and make-up of junctions, before further changes are made at the remaining recommended junctions.