RBC Local Transport Strategy 2040

13 December 2023

CADRA has responded to Reading Borough Council's Transport Strategy 2040. The public Consultation remian open until the 11 December 23.

New Local Bus Services

12 December 2023

Red Rose Travel have recently started services between Reading and Watlington, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The 122  goes via the Peppard Road and Sonning Common. The 123 goes via Kidmore End, Gallowstree Common, Checkendon and Stoke Row.

On Sundays, the River Rapids X40 service makes extra journeys between Reading and Caversham Heights as the 40C. These operate via St Peter’s Hill and serve Highmoor Road Church.

RBC Local Transport Strategy 2040 - Caversham Public Drop-in Session

10 November 2023

The public Consultation on Reading Borough Council's Transport Strategy 2040 is open until the 11 December 23.  The Council are holding public drop-in sessions to ask questions and comment on the strategy.

Caversham Library - Thursday 16 November - Church Street, 1-7pm

Reading Town Hall - Wednesday 15 November - Blagrave Street, 1-6pm

Or on

Tuesday 14 November: Battle Library, Oxford Road, 1-7pm

Tuesday 21 November: Whitley Library, Northumberland Avenue, 1-7pm

Thursday 23 November: Palmer Park Library, St Bartholomews Road, 1-4p

In 2020, we Commented on their Strategy 2036 document, which made some radical proposals with an impact on us north of the river and for south Oxfordshire, as this one does. We will review the latest strategy and our previous comments to decide if further ones are required.

The proposals include three new Park and Ride sites accessed from the Woodcote, Peppard and Henley Roads, and linked by an outer orbital route connecting them with Park and Rides south of the river, subject to the building of a third Thames bridge.

Linked in with this is the Council's draft Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Strategy, for which there was a public consultation in August/September 2023, and CADRA Commented on.

RBC Traffic Management Measures Lists

8 November 2023

RBC's Traffic Management Sub-Committee considers traffic measure requests from Councillors, such as pedestrian crossings, traffic calming. The following documents are the requests for the North Reading area:

New Requests

Amendments to Existing Measures 

Principal List - All requests carried forward from previous meeting.

The next committee meeting is on the 13 November -Full Agenda

Henley Road Safety Petition - Caversham Lakes Road Junction

12 October 2022

Following further accidents, local residents have set up a Petition for improvements to the junction from Henley Road to Caversham Lakes. They intend to present signatures received by the end of October to the Traffic Management Committee on 10 November.

What we do

CADRA follows proposed traffic and transport changes, through: formal consultations, the local press and via links with other organisations.  When appropriate, we attend, question and present to Reading Borough Council's Traffic Management Sub-Committee.

Contacts and Links

Reading live travel information: Travel Reading Live

Street and highway defects can be reported to RBC Highways Dept: Road problems section

Reading Borough Council Traffic Management Sub-Committee

GOV.UK Driving and Transport: The Highway Code Online

Network Rail Great Western Mainline developments: Network Rail

Local roadworks; when and where they are planned and who is responsible: Local Roadworks You can search national roadworks from this link, as well.

Local Bus Services

Travel Reading Live website

Reading Borough Council's travel information website, provides live public transport and traffic information; you can check the status of local bus, road and rail services before leaving the house. Travel Reading Live

Reading Buses

Reading Buses, which is owned by the (RBC), has a website providing service details, timetables and maps of their bus routes at: Reading Buses. The Caversham buses are pink bus routes, except for the cross town Red Route 22 to Caversham Heights.

They also have good smartphone apps providing live bus route times at : Apple Store   Google Play

Thames Travel

Thames Travel run a service from Reading to Oxford through Caversham Heights - the X39. This is in addition to the existing X40 service which runs between Reading and Benson. Both buses travel over Caversham Bridge, up St Peters Hill and out along the Woodcote Road. The buses will stop at any stop (or even between stops) but only on request. Details of the cost and timetables can be found on their website at: River Rapids.

On Sundays, extra journeys between Reading and Caversham operate as service 40C. These journeys operate via St Peter’s Hill and serve Highmoor Road Church 6 minutes before the time shown for Caversham Library.

 

Red Rose Travel

Red Rose Travel run services between Reading and Watlington, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The 122  goes via the Peppard Road and Sonning Common. The 123 goes via Kidmore End, Gallowstree Common, Checkendon and Stoke Row.

ReadiBus

ReadiBus is the dial-a-ride bus service for people with restricted mobility in and around Reading. Readibus say: "there are always people who can’t cope with mainstream bus services and it is those people we seek to serve. It doesn’t matter what the mobility restriction is – if it prevents you from using public transport or if you simply need too much help doing so then ReadiBus is for you". You need to register in order to use the service at: ReadiBus

Arriva

Arriva run a service from Reading to High Wycombe which travels through the centre of Caversham and along the Henley Road - the 800. Details of the cost and timetables can be found on their website at: High Wycombe - Reading

Thames Valley Park Courtesy Bus Service

Free service from Reading Station into the Thames Valley Park (Microsoft, Oracle, BG Group)  

Parking and Cycling on Pavements

CADRA often receive concerns about parking, driving and cycling on pavements. Based on those concerns and our understanding of the law, we have prepared this document which may help our members, where they have such problems. Parking, Driving & Cycling on Pavements

Cycling

CADRA believes that safe cycle routes are key to encouraging more people to cycle AND discouraging cycling on pavements. We would like to see more ambitious and far reaching targets on the provision of more and safer cycle routes.

Reading Borough Council also encourages safe cycling in the town and has information and maps about local and national cycling routes. It  supported ReadyBike, which provided a short period bike hire service, until the company running the service couldn't continue and another suitable operator couldn't be found. The bikes were donated to hotels and small businesses. The council hope the scheme can be revived.   

In 2013 CADRA reviewed and welcomed the production of the draft Reading Cycling Strategy, including measures to provide cycle training and develop skills. Follow this link to read our Comments Document in full.

Reading Cycle Campaign is a voluntary organisation that campaigns for better facilities for cyclists in Reading and surrounding areas.

Sharing our Streets

In November 2013, CADRA held a joint meeting with the Caversham Traders Association to open discussion on what might be done in Caversham to make roads more ‘friendly’ to non-motorists. From there, the ‘Sharing our Streets’ project has progressed, engaging local people and Reading Borough Council in how a proper strategy could be achieved, which uses more up to date methods to allow traffic to flow through smoothly and pedestrians to move around more freely. Work continues in preparation for funds becoming available from development in Caversham centre.

Read more at: Sharing Our Streets