Reading prepares to get moving again

Look out for street markings in the town centre, which the council says will help people move around safely.
Photo of Reading bus

Pedestrians in the town centre will be encouraged to follow one-way walking systems to help them move safely around from next Monday June 1.

Councillor Jason Brock, leader of Reading Borough Council, said people would notice new changes including one-way systems, barriers at bus stops and two-metre space markings on pavements.

“Please respect these measures and other people around the town centre and help us to make Reading somewhere that businesses and people can operate safely for all our benefit,” he said.

The move comes as the government allows more non-essential businesses such as clothes, toys and book shops to reopen on June 15.

NHS staff will get free parking in certain streets and Queen’s Road car park for another month, the council has also confirmed.

Council parking enforcement resumed this week for most of the public to pre-pandemic levels, including residents’ parking areas, disabled bays, bus lanes, red routes, loading bays and double yellow lines.

‘However, NHS staff will continue to benefit from Reading Borough Council’s decision to allow healthcare professionals free parking, which will continue until July through free healthcare professionals permits,’ the council announced on May 26.

Key worker permits can be applied via Royal Berkshire Hospital.

If healthcare staff prefer to cycle, the council have also said that they can get free use of ReadyBikes or bicycles normally used by Avanti, the organisation that teachers school children to cycle.

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