The ski jump at the end of the IDR in 1984. The Hook and Tackle is the on the left, painted white.
Having carved its way from Caversham Road to the foot of Southampton Street, in the 1970s Reading’s Inner Distribution Road (IDR) stopped abruptly at the ‘ski jump’ where the Oracle roundabout now is. During this hiatus, Reading consulted and debated about whether and how to continue.
A planning application has been submitted to build a 72-floor building towering over Paddington Station. The top of the tower development will be 281 metres higher than the Paddington Concourse, but not quite as tall as the Shard.
Sometime after January 1916, the month in which the Gallipoli campaign came to its pathetic end, somebody dropped a Great Western Railways (GWR) service timetable through the floorboards of a house in Milman Road. It was discovered nearly a century later, much chewed by molluscs and discoloured by time.
2016 is Reading’s year of culture and events are being held all over the town. This coincides with the 25th reincarnation birthday of Katesgrove’s own Rising Sun Arts Centre. Meanwhile, Reading’s growing pains means that the stand-off between development and residents doesn’t look like it will end any time soon, and the struggle between social need and council budget cuts appears to be reaching a crisis.
Reading has its very own crumbling monument to Edwardian civilisation lurking behind a BP garage on Rose Kiln Lane. The Coley branch line was built in 1908 and decommissioned in 1983. It ran a short distance from the Basingstoke railway line, just south of Reading West station, to the wharves along the Kennet at Fobney Street.