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Traffic lights switch off 'risky for people with sight loss'

A 'shared space' scheme is underway in Reading town centre for a six month trial period

A charity that represents people who are blind and partially sighted has criticised Reading Borough Council for switching off the traffic lights at a busy crossroads in the town centre.

The effect on bus journey times of switching off the traffic lights will be assessed after the trial

Reading Borough Council said it hopes the six month trial at the junction of Oxford Road and Broad Street will make bus journeys faster and improve access for pedestrians, but the Berkshire County Blind Society says the measure is putting people with sight loss at risk.

The six month long trial began in January. If deemed successful, the changes at the junction of West Street, St Mary Butts, Oxford Street and Broad Street could become permanent - following a consultation.

The junction is at the crossroads of West Street, St Mary Butts, Oxford Street and Broad Street Credit: Bing

New pedestrian and cycle bridge for Reading

What the new bridge could look like Credit: Reading Borough Council

A consultation will begin this week on plans to build a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Thames in Reading.

The impressive landmark structure will provide an important new link for pedestrians and cyclists across the Thames and into the Town Centre.

It is proposed that the bridge will be located to the east of Fry’s Island, between the existing Caversham and Reading Bridges.

The new bridge will be funded through Reading Borough Council’s successful £20.7m Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) bid, which aims to create an additional 7,200 daily bus trips, 12,050 daily walking trips and 2,300 daily cycle trips across the town, whilst cutting congestion by up to 10%.