Six month delay for Cow Lane works

Improvements to the road under under the railway line at Cow Lane have been delayed by six months.

Cow Lane bridge was demolished last year – as part of the £850m Reading station development scheme scheme – to make way for a two-lane traffic system. However, Network Rail said that due to “unforeseen issues” completion will be delayed until early 2019.

The scheme was due to be completed before Reading Festival in August.

The delay means that the road will remain the same for a further six months. The council has announced that the current northbound-only one-way system will end in July and that the previous two-way traffic light system will be put back in place, presumably until the works are completed.

In the meantime, it is proposed to close the junction of Cow Lane and Cardiff Road for six weeks from 21 May – the only alternative route we can see is to remove the Cardiff Road bollards and divert traffic via Milford Road, meaning a lot more traffic for some Cardiff Road residents.

Picture courtesy of BBC Berkshire.

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