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Council and Network Rail confirm Cow Lane full reopening date

Reading Borough Council and Network Rail have officially confirmed Cow Lane will be fully open to two-way traffic later this month.

From 10am on Monday 25th February there'll no longer be traffic lights on the busy road for the first time ever.

It follows the upgrade of two railway bridges.

The Council says this will create a safer and more pleasant local environment for residents and businesses along the Oxford Road.

To allow for resurfacing of the road, Cow Lane will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists from 10pm on Friday 22 February, through to 10am on Monday 25 February.

Network Rail is writing to local residents and businesses about the closure and diversionary signs will be in place.

Following the opening of the road at Cow Lane, work will continue to create a new dedicated pedestrian and cycle route.

That work is expected to be completed by the summer, before this year’s Reading Festival.

Jamie Davies, head of programme integration at Network Rail, said:

“We are really pleased that together with Reading Borough Council we have been able to deliver this important project that will make a real difference to the people of Reading.

“Unblocking this traffic bottleneck will further improve connectivity around Reading station. We thank everyone for their patience whilst we delivered this upgrade.”

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

“The removal of Reading’s most notorious bottleneck marks a major landmark for the town. For the first time ever two-way traffic will be able to pass through Cow Lane without the need for traffic lights. The removal of the height restriction is just as significant, as it opens the route up for lorries and, potentially, for double decker buses.

“For the many thousands of vehicle trips that are just passing through west Reading, Cow Lane will now become an important new route. It will mean this traffic can be diverted away from the Oxford Road, creating a safer and more welcoming environment for residents and businesses in the area.

“It is also important to note that work will continue after February 25 to create the new pedestrian and cycle route under the bridges, which will be a key feature of the final completed scheme.”

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