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A Panegyric on Martijn Gilbert, Ex-CEO of Reading Buses

‘Destination Zoë Andrews’ at the Reading Buses July 2018 open day. Photo (c) Zoë Andrews

I hadn’t lived in Reading properly since 2010 when I moved back in 2015. Throughout university in Cardiff, I regularly came home. One of the comfort blankets of home was the buses. I lived in both Cardiff and Bristol between my spells of being back in the ‘ding, and I can tell you something categorically: we have a very good bus service in comparison to elsewhere.

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New resident permit parking areas proposed for south Reading

Reading Borough Council (RBC) has launched five public consultations about new resident permit parking areas in the town. Three of these proposals affect roads in Katesgrove and Redlands wards.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 9 September

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Friends of the IDR respond to the RBC transport consultation

The Black History Mural and the IDR

The Whitley Pump asked Reg Vastern-King, chair of the Friends of the IDR (Inner Distribution Road), what he thought about the Reading Borough Council (RBC) consultation on transport strategy; he was not impressed. “I just don’t understand,” he said “how can you carry out a transport strategy consultation which does not even ask how you feel about the IDR?”

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Reading MP Matt Rodda says “Cycling should be for the many, not just the brave.”

Matt Rodda, Labour MP for Reading East and shadow minister for transport (buses), took part in the Active Travel debate in Parliament on 9 July. The Whitley Pump called “house!” at the end of his speech, having completed at least one line in any direction as well as all four corners of our political buzzword bingo card, with a bonus prize for the mention of Reading.

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You might receive a National Highways and Transport survey

Reading Borough Council (RBC) are participating in the National Highways and Transport public satisfaction survey. At least 3,300 randomly selected households in the borough will receive a questionnaire.

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Reading University plans community forum for 26 September

Reading University plans to hold its next community forum on Thursday 26 September.

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Private funding sought for new pedestrian crossing on Upper Redlands Road

Els De Mets, a campaigner for a new pedestrian crossing on Upper Redlands Road, has launched a crowdfunding page to help build it. The nearby St Joseph’s College has already agreed to contribute money to make the crossing safer.

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Reading Borough Council discusses south Reading at planning applications and traffic management committees this week


Reading Borough Council will be discussing issues in south Reading during planning applications and traffic management committees next week.

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Interview with Tony Page, deputy leader of Reading Borough Council (part one)

Tony Page has been a councillor for 45 years and is lead councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport and deputy leader of Reading Borough Council. The Whitley Pump interviewed him at the beginning of December at the Civic Offices on Bridge Street and we started with a local topic.

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Evening edition – London Street traffic lights

Santa has listened and Katesgrove has an early Xmas present. The new traffic lights on London Street are now in operation!

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Should there be a zebra crossing on Upper Redlands Road?

Most parents are familiar with the challenges of dropping off and picking up their children from school. It is stressful getting there on time and finding somewhere to park or, for those of us who walk or cycle to school, finding a safe place to cross the road amidst the chaos.

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Give the IDR a break from traffic

By Reg Vastern-King, chair of the Friends of the IDR..

Reading’s Green party lit the briefest flicker of hope in the breasts of the Friends of the IDR this week that the town could convert the Inner Distribution Road (IDR) into a cycle track for a day.

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Attempted murder on Northumberland Avenue

Thames Valley Police (TVP) are appealing for witnesses to a traffic collision on Northumberland Avenue in the early hours of today, Friday 12 October. The police are now treating the incident as attempted murder.

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That’s the way to do it!

By Scaramouche.

The abrasive relationship between Reading’s Green and Labour parties hit another of its troubled patches at Reading Borough Council‘s (RBC) traffic management sub-committee on 12 September. It devolved into the kind of public row that leads to television news stories where neighbours stare sadly at bloodstained driveways and say “they seemed such a nice couple… ”

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Council to discuss new parking restrictions on 12 September

Reading Borough Council will discuss new and amended parking restrictions across the town at their traffic management committee tomorrow, 12 September.

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Walking stage 2 of the IDR

Willow Street today

Stage 2 of Reading’s Inner Distribution Road (IDR) from Castle Hill to Southampton Street was under construction during 1969. After crossing Castle Hill, pedestrians can use a slipway down to Coley.

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Walking stage I of Reading’s IDR

The IDR as it was intended to be built at the time that Stage I was under construction.

Construction of Reading’s Inner Distribution Road (IDR) started in 1969, but it had been included in development plans since 1957 and no doubt was a twinkle in someone’s eye some time before that. It still bothers Reading’s civic soul when proposals are brought forward to make it one-way or to cover over part of it or turn it into a park.

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Introduction to “a walk around Reading’s IDR”

The IDR as it was intended to be built at the time that Stage I was under construction.

The Whitley Pump is leading a walk around Reading’s Inner Distribution Road (IDR) as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days in September. Reading’s post-war history, in which it transformed from a primarily industrial to a retail town, circle the IDR like the IDR circles the town centre.

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Whitley Pump offers ‘a walk around Reading’s IDR’ for Heritage Open Days 2018

For this year’s Heritage Open Days festival the Whitley Pump will be leading a walk around the IDR on Sunday 16 September at 11am.

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