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Reading roads will start to be resurfaced from next week

A £1million project to resurface the main roads across Reading will begin next week.

Around 19 main routes will be renewed so they are safer for drivers,pedestrians and cyclists.

The work has been timed to coincide as near as possible to the school summer holidays to minimise disruption.

Diversions will be put in place for the duration of the closures.

The work is expected to last seven weeks, weather permitting.

Councillor Tony Page said:

Once again this is a major investment by the Council in improving road surfaces. Weather conditions over the winter months have taken their toll, but we are committed to maintaining and improving surfaces to benefit motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.

We are very aware that repairing roads can result in disruption, especially in a busy town like Reading. We have planned this programme to coincide with a quieter time on the Borough's roads and we would ask all road users to bear with us while these important improvements take place. We will do everything we can to ensure disruptions are kept to a minimum."

– Cllr Tony Page, Lead Councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport at Reading Borough Council

Big changes for staff and passengers at Reading station

As Reading railway station has under gone a £900 million redevelopment, it has meant big changes for passengers and the staff who work there.

Sangeeta has been to meet the members of staff who are making it all work, including the resident hawk!

She met:

  • Matt Parker- Ticket Office Supervisor
  • Simon Plummer- Customer Service Helpdesk
  • Ali Butt- Train Despatch at Reading Station
  • Katrina Kruger- Passenger Ambassador
  • Pat Kemp- Longest serving member of staff
  • Max Bell- Bird Controller
  • Denise- Resident Hawk!

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Queen opens new £900 million Reading station

The Queen was in Reading today to officially open the town's new railway station. £900 million has been spent on a major revamp which includes five new platforms, two entrances, a new link bridge and retail outlets.

Despite radical cuts to public spending after the last election the massive upgrade at Reading was given the go-ahead.

That's because the station is one of the most important hubs in the country with links to London, Gatwick, the south coast and the Thames Valley.

It's is also one of the most congested.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse was there for the Royal opening. and spoke to Robbie Burns from Network Rail, Mark Hopwood the Managin Director at First Great Western, and Reading East MP Rob Wilson.

Queen to open new £850 million Reading railway station

The Queen will open Reading railway station today following its redevelopment.

Network Rail has spent £850 million improving the station which now has new platforms and new entrances.

It will be the second time the Queen has carried out an opening ceremony at the station.

The Queen will officially open the redeveloped Reading railway staion Credit: Paul Hackett/PA Wire

Man wanted after photo taken up woman's skirt

Police want to speak to this man after the incident at Sainsbury’s Savacentre in Reading Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police are appealing for help to trace this man after a photo was taken up a woman's skirt at a Reading supermarket. The man was seen taking pictures at around 2.45pm on June 29 in Sainsbury's Savacentre on the A4, Calcot.

When he was confronted by the husband of the victim the man left the store dismantling his phone. He was last seen near the pavilion at Calcot Recreation Ground leading to Highview, Calcot.

If you recognise the man in the picture contact PC David Hill at Reading police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

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Doctor fraudulently obtained £29,285 in benefits

A doctor from Reading has been found guilty of benefit fraud.

Samer Sa'adeh pleaded guilty at Reading Crown court to five charges of dishonestly making false statements to fraudulently obtain benefits.

Investigators discovered Dr Sa'adeh had lied on 5 separate occasions about his wife's circumstances.

He failed to mention that she was being paid over £13,000 a year by Reading University for living costs.

He was also over paid a total of £29,285 from when he first claimed in March 2010 until December 2012.

He was given a 20 week custodial sentence, which the magistrates then suspended for 2 years, as well as 180 hours of unpaid work and £1000 in costs.

The money Dr Sa'sdeh was wrongly paid is required to be paid back in full in is currently being recovered from him.

Water problem fixed but may take a while to restore

Thames Water website states:

We're really sorry to customers who may be experiencing problems with their water supply.

This is due to a technical problem at our local booster station. We've now fixed the problem but it may take a short while for supplies to be fully restored.

We're sorry for any inconvenience caused.

– Thames Water website

Residents angry at the lack of water in Reading

26,000 homes affected by no water in Reading

26,000 properties in Reading are without water supply this morning due to a pump failure.

Thames Water say they are trying to fix the issue, which they believe is the same problem that happened last week.

Thousands were left without water and Reading University had to shut their campuses due to no water.

In the end, bottled water was handed out to residents.

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