Red Routes Consultation

Closed 21 Jul 2017

Opened 12 Jun 2017


In Reading, the proposal is for a Red Route to be introduced along the length of the ‘purple’ 17 bus route. A Red Route is a ‘no stopping’ restriction which has been successfully used on major bus routes in London for many years, helping keep key public transport moving and preventing delays for bus passengers and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Existing parking bays along the route would be maintained wherever possible, and new ones would be added where they benefit local businesses or residents.
The Council’s proposed Red Route restrictions would be made up of a combination of double red and single red lines. These would mirror the current double yellow and single yellow lines along the length of the route. Double red lines will mean no vehicles can stop at any time which includes loading and unloading, only hackney carriages and blue badge holders are permitted to stop to allow boarding and alighting. Single red lines drivers will be able to stop or park within the signed restriction. The red route restrictions would be enforced by CCTV cameras.
The Council will be hosting a series of public exhibitions across the affected areas which will take place between the hours of 1pm and 7pm
  • Western Area: Tilehurst Library, School Road – 22nd June
  • Western Area: Battle Library, Oxford Road – 20th June
  • Central Area: Civic Offices, Bridge Street – 4th July (9am-5pm)
  • Eastern Area: Palmer Park Library, St Bartholomews’ Road – 27th June
The informal consultation will take place from 12th June 2017 until 21st July 2017. You can view a number of documents including maps of the route and FAQs.

Why We Are Consulting

We want to design the scheme to best meet the local needs. We are seeking your views
  • on opportunities to add additional parking bays and more flexible parking along certain sections of the route, where they would benefit local businesses and residents and
  • on what improvements could be made to the existing restrictions. 

What Happens Next

Depending upon the feedback it is possible that an experimental scheme could be prepared to go live in the autumn. Should this be the case, everyone will be able to formally comment on the red route having viewed it in operation. If the experimental scheme (with any amendments) be successful traffic orders for a permanent scheme would then be advertised and would be the subject of a formal statutory public consultation process.  
A report on the response to this consultation will be made at the Council’s Traffic Management Sub-Committee on 13th September 2017.


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